And here was me thinking I was irrelevant

Poor Audrey Young, clearly she hasn’t received the memo from David Fisher and my creepy stalker that I am irrelevant.

She writes about the uphill battle David Shearer faces, not from his own ineptness but rather from “powerful bloggers”. Surely she can’t have been talking about me…I am irrelevant…Fisher said so.

What people are starting to question is whether Shearer has that gut instinct.

Predecessor Phil Goff says Shearer – who was one of Goff’s advisers when he was Foreign Minister – has an inner toughness that people should not underestimate.  

“He has been in situations that none of us have ever been in, which are life-and-death situations where you have to be tough to survive. He has some natural leadership skills that will serve him well.”

But Goff said that Shearer, like every Leader of the Opposition, was up against the combined resources of a Government machine with huge resources and of some powerful bloggers behind it, intent on discrediting him.

Admittedly she was quoting Phil Goff. Perhaps it was him who didn’t get the memo, or the ones from his own MPs who follow the song sheet as well?


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  • Dave

    Um hello, whilst I have no doubt you are a very powerful and a successful blogger, if the man was leading well, had the party under control, they actually managed to score a few hits on the Nats, oh and actually had a few policies, then WO and other bloggers would have nothing bad to highlight.

    The very fact they have to say it is a clear admission Shearer and the Labour goverent is failing badly, and that Cam/WOBH is a very Powerful and Successful blogger. Well done Cam.

    It’s also an admission they don’t have a powerful blog, er, but they have the Stranded, nuff said!!

  • johnymac

    Isn’t irrelevant a big grey thing with a trunk?

    • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

      From Northern China.

  • Polish Pride

    Shearer jut needs to stop listening to his minders.

    • PlanetOrphan

      I don’t know if cautious is the right word, remember his obstinance about a certain roof painter ?

      He needs to pull his over inflated head out of his arse and accept what NZers are saying back to him re “Policy” IMO.

    • Ratchette

      You seem to know a lot about the qualities of ‘great’ leaders. You have the green/labour culture of telling other people how to run their lives. Suggest you take your own advice and become a ‘great’ leader.

      • Polish Pride

        I merely offer opinion Ratchette It is up to the reader what they choose to do with it.

    • Phil Goff says he was tough etc…anyone can be tough with 10,000 blue helmets standing behind him.

      • Timboh

        Shearer was a UN bureaucrat responsible for handing out other peoples money. He made some tough calls around how many more millions he should chuck at problems.

      • Mr_Blobby

        “anyone can be tough with 10,000 blue helmets standing behind him.”

        Don’t know about that. What have they ever achieved, it seems to me that wherever they go they get there arses handed back to them.

        In most cases they have left a worse legacy. How about the UN introduced Cholera in Haiti that affected about 7% of the population.To this day the UN is refusing to accept responsibility, quoting the privileges and immunity (impunity) protection they have.

        The UN whose mission is to promote the rule of law is actually above it themselves.

      • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

        Legend has it that Sheep single handedly carried 10,000 children across a stretch of road littered with land mines….

        • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

          Haha! Hahahahahaha! Fuck you do sarcasm well!

    • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

      When I was at school, I always flirted with the idea of addressing the school assembly as though I was hawking something and ask the question: “how many of you consider yourselves leaders?” This would result in x amount of students putting up their hands, to which I would respond with, “you’re a pack of wankers! Everyone, remember these people and never vote for them if you see their mugs on a billboard!”

  • peterwn

    Only two ‘powerful’ bloggers AFAIK, but some people think the other one has leftist tendencies. And both have earned their power the hard way – being a 24/7 blogger and resisting the temptation to ‘edit’ comments and ban contributors is hell of a commitment.

  • Euan Ross-Taylor

    When I read this earlier in the Horrid, I was interested that the Horrid filed it under national news and not political news. Now why would that be?

  • GazzW

    It’s all rather ironic when a journo wants to shoot the messenger.

  • Auto_Immune

    Not wanting to take away WO’s thunder but are there any bloggers, other than the ones on Red Alert, who are actually supportive of David Shearer?

    • AnonWgtn

      Appears that Red Jerk has died ?

  • cows4me

    So Goofy thinks Mumbles is up against the government machine and bloggers. What a retard, poor old Mumbles problems stem from a fail ideology, poor support, jealous rivals, self interest nut jobs , crap polices and having no fucking idea.

    • Travis Poulson

      There’s only one thing mumbles is up against, the clock.

  • Phil

    Haha, Goff says Shearer has toughness. That’s like a jelly calling a marshmallow tough.