Nash given the boot in favour of Deputy Leader’s man.

The NZ Herald

A member of the Whale army has emailed me to say that she overhead a Labour staffer bragging that Nash was telling people on Monday that he would be in Wellington “for another few months”, despite the fact that I had already picked who his replacement was going to be. The next day though he was given the boot and told to clear his desk.

Gossips in Wellington are saying that Nash has the pip and is driving back to Hawke’s Bay this afternoon.  Perhaps someone in the Gallery could get off their arse and check Nash’s (old) office?

This morning the Herald reported:

Labour leader David Shearer has appointed lawyer and NZ Aids Foundation chairman Alastair Cameron as his new chief of staff after the resignation of Stuart Nash.

I call time on David Shearer’s leadership of Labour.

As Brash found out with his ACT/Stu Wilson clusterfuck appointment, a chief of staff is the one person that must be unquestionably loyal.  The COS should be person the Leader should never have to doubt.  The leader relies on the COS to keep an ear to the ground and act in the leader’s interests even if that means the Leader is deliberately inoculated from matters he/she is best not even knowing about.

Heather Simpson, Richard Long, Wayne Eagleson would die in the ditch for their boss.  The question is – who is Alastair Cameron’s boss?

The current leader of the Labour Party, or the next?


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  • ConwayCaptain

    Well he had better watch his back, either a knife between the shoulder blades or screwed by the Gay Brigade

    • AnonWgtn


      Alastair Cameron is a Robertson sexual orientation.

      • ConwayCaptain

        I was commenting that DS should watch his back as he will either have a knife in it or be screwed by the Brotherhood

  • grumpy

    “Chairman of the Aids Foundation” eh………

    Guess where his loyalty is?

  • SthnJeff

    Not content on getting  a talented MP shunted off there list, they have now fucked him over all together

  • Blokeintakapuna

    …and so it begins. This is the start of yet another internal Coup within Labour. When, not if is the question?

    So pleased they don’t have any credible alternatives – but Labour must be gutted that Ronald McDonald is busy making hamburgers, because they could have used his credibility with the public to give them some kind of credibility themselves through osmossis…

    •  No BiT; Ronald McDonald is the alter ego of Green MP Gareth Hughes

  • Dave

    Be very interesting to get the events from Nash…….   Is he so Pissed he will dish the dirt?  

  • ConwayCaptain

    Now I wonder when Darren Hughes will be back to make up the numbers of “Gays, Lesbians and Self Serving Unionists”

  • Cullen’s Sidekick

    Whale Oil – I am not sure toppling Sheep Shearer is necessarily good for National. He is the best asset National has after John Key. Labour could bring in Jacinda Ardern who could win the next election for Labour……bad news I am afraid….

    • Markm

      Do you really believe the public would accept such an empty vessel as Adern as PM

      • Doug_S

        Her only talent is being able to eat an apple through a tennis racquet.

      • Gazzaw

        Or out of a feedbag.

      • Bunswalla

        For any empty vessel questions just ask Richard Boock

    • In Vino Veritas

      Labour could indeed bring in Ardern. Should they wish to commit political suicide and have their polling numbers fall to the same as the Greens are currently.

    • ConwayCaptain


    • Dave

      I hope they do.   She definitely wins the best looking award for the Pinko’s, but the voting public usually look for more than looks, i mean…… Helen Clark!  

      She does not have the political nous or backing let alone the background or smarts to make it as leader, so fingers crossed they promote her.

  • Kiwidon

    I bet Damian O’Conner would just love to comment…………

    • Beagle

      Fenton, Little, Robertson, Wall…Damo must have to work VERY hard to not say anything at caucus meetings….

  • HeyJude

    And if they follow the same pattern as the ACT party, they will find that many David Shearer loyalists on staff will now start leaving, either sacked or hounded out and David Shearer will one day look around him and realize most of his staff actually want “the other bloke” not him.

    The parallels are interesting. Is this a “nice guy” phenomenon?

    • Apolonia

      Who was the “nice guy” in ACT?

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