Coffee Machines & the Right Leader


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David Farrar reckons that Labour won’t change their leader because caucus really don’t want David Cunliffe to take over, and the members like Cunliffe.

Here’s why Shearer is probably safe. The caucus would happily replace Shearer with Robertson if the polls do not improve. He’s already in charge of all the important stuff such as the leader’s office, strategy, campaign etc. 

But their problem is that if Shearer goes, then the leadership goes to a full member vote – which would be a Robertson vs Cunliffe battle. Robertson would win the caucus 40%, Cunliffe the members 40%, so the unions would decide with their 20%.

This means the unions, with 20% of the vote, control who becomes the next Labour leader.

Grant Robertson needs to find few coffee machines for the unions so they vote the right way, and hope that David Cunliffe doesn’t know about the coffee machines deal.


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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.

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