Cactus Kate on Shearer’s “advisors”

Yesterday the Sunday Star Times ran a puff piece on what David Shearer has to do to be relevant…and they asked a whole bunch of irrelevant people about it. Cactus Kate wasn’t impressed, particularly with Brian Edwards, the highlights are:

Ross Vintiner – a dead former Prime Minister’s Press Secretary. A dead former PM who was ousted after a classic case of style over substance.

Matt McCarten – when did he last vote Labour, let alone support them? An old-styled trade unionist, one of the three left living who will outlive all the others.

Mike Williams – boring, grumpy old man who made a fortune off Directorships in stooge arrangements with his mates in Labour.

Brian Edwards – who just the other week was saying he would vote Greens? Former trainer of some Labour leaders, not the current one. Now spends his time in the suburbs looking for luncheon sausage and tracking down other drivers in road rage incidents.

Deborah Pead – a PR “professional” who in this article pushes beauty products from her own bloody clients.

Ricardo Simich – advises Shearer on how to look better for his working class voters, through the eyes of a well-dressed well-mannered and suave single gay man who organises functions and events.

Her advice is ignore all the people above and do…nothing:

Under MMP David Shearer doesn’t actually win the next election, John Key has to lose it. The best thing David Shearer can do for the next 2 years and 8 months is absolutely nothing. I think he is smart enough to know that.

Don’t upset anyone, don’t announce any major policy planks, don’t take a position and don’t whatever you do, ever move Labour to the left or right. When you fuck up something, ignore it and continue, no one will notice when you are otherwise succeeding in doing absolutely nothing.

So when David Shearer comes across as a say nothing, do nothing Leader there is method in the madness. I say he is best to do absolutely frickin nothing and he is trying very hard to do that now. Other than nodding and agreeing with every expert here and within the Labour Party itself and then duly ignoring them.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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