One News Poll all bad news for Shearer

I have written an article on what the latest One News/Colmar Brunton poll means for John Key and for David Shearer over at Truth.

One news/Colmar Brunton poll, February 2013

One News/Colmar Brunton poll, February 2013

David Shearer had every reason to believe that he had finally turned the corner. He had seen off the cowardly non-challenge of David Cunliffe immediately after the troubles at Labour’s annual conference. He had cruised off of the back of stuff ups by John Key’s government, and then he had a final vote in February’s caucus meeting where he was confirmed as leader, even though 10 MPs abstained.

John Key would have been nervous. last year was a nightmare. Lazy and incompetent ministers exposed the government to embarrassment  but none more so than Hekia Parata. 

Key returned from his summer break with a dilemma. He had to do something but first had to negotiate his way through some internal caucus dynamics with a rump of support for Bill English wanting their pal Nick Smith returned to cabinet. He couldn’t dump Parata, even though he desperately deserved it, he had staked his reputation on her. What he needed to do was isolate her and her performance and contrive an inoculation in case she continues to fail to fire.

That is just the first 3 paragraphs. Read the rest at Truth.


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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.  And 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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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