Labour’s new direction – 42 days to go



Last night David Shearer took another pasting on 3News with an additional poll specifically about him and his [lack of] leadership.

Labour’s winter of discontent continued today, with a meeting of its MPs in Napier cancelled because of fog and earthquakes, postponing questions about another drop in the 3 News poll.

We also asked voters about leader David Shearer and whether Labour needs to remove him as leader if it wants to get into the Government in 2014. Only 45 percent said no, keep him. Almost as many, 42 percent, say remove him. The rest didn’t know.

“There’s no vacancy,” says Mr Shearer. “I’m not moving.”

Of Labour voters, 51 percent want to keep Mr Shearer. But a big share of his own people, 39 percent, wants him gone. The rest didn’t know.  

And about those don’t knows…Loads of them in Labour.

Asked who else should do the job, David Cunliffe was the favourite – 26 percent want him – same with Labour voters. Deputy Grant Robertson was on 16 percent – about the same with Labour people. Former union boss Andrew Little is on 9 percent, popular with Labour voters though, on 15 percent.

The most popular contender is actually “don’t know/someone else” – 50 percent of people had no idea, and 42 percent of Labour voters couldn’t choose either.

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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.