The Invisible Man

Dompost

Vernon Small and the Dom post editorial both label David Shearer the Invisible Man today.

Vernon Small is unflattering:

David Shearer is the invisible man of New Zealand politics.

Seven months after he took up the reins, voters say they still do not know the man who would be prime minister, raising questions about his effectiveness as Labour leader.

The first Fairfax Media/Ipsos political poll of 1000 voters showed nearly one in four voters couldn’t think of two words to describe Mr Shearer when pressed, while nearly the same number again thought he was either invisible, or inexperienced.

Comments from those surveyed are worse:

 Gordon Fenwick, 64, a Wellington National Party supporter, said Mr Shearer seemed to have “a bit more sense” than his colleagues but was inexperienced.

“He is just a drip. He just comes across as totally wet. He doesn’t really inspire any confidence, he hasn’t got any charisma.”

Tracey, 48, of Auckland said: “I must admit I have no views on him. He’s sort of a nondescript sort of man, I think.”

Some Labour voters thought the same: “Untried, nice but unsure, invisible, maybe more honest, and don’t know anything about him”, were the first words that sprang to mind for the first five we surveyed.

And the Dompost editorial just slams it home:

Mr Shearer appears to believe he has the luxury of time, and that he has till 2014 to set out his stall. But it is wrong to assume that voters go shopping only in election years.

They are browsing now, and making it clear that as far as Labour is concerned, they are not impressed with what they see.


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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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