The smell of burning toast



David Shearer is toast, and no amount of carping and whinging by the left wing and out of the loop Labour MPs can say otherwise.

Labour leader David Shearer is demanding a fair go after his MPs united last night to rubbish coup rumours.

The rumours started brewing late Monday night and gained intensity yesterday morning after speculation surfaced that MPs had started circulating a letter of no confidence.

The three MPs said to be circulating the letter – Andrew Little, Clayton Cosgrove and Shane Jones – were adamant, however, that there was no letter and labelled the rumours “crap”.  

Little and one-time leadership contender Cunliffe are both understood to have privately approached Shearer  to assure him they were not trying to destabilise his leadership.

Feelings ran high last night after the rumours started circulating on social media with a number of furious Labour MPs taking to Twitter to angrily denounce talk of a leadership coup.

But the speculation will further destabilise Shearer’s leadership and heaps further pressure on him to turn around perceptions it is on borrowed time.

His stand up yesterday was a train wreck and his over-riding of the party, the president and the NZ Council shows the disdain he has for them. There will be consequences for those undemocratic actions and it is already starting via social media. Former Young Labour vice-president, Sonny Thomas, speaks out:



What we are seeing is a classic destabilisation attack on David Shearer. He has become increasingly isolated and is literally a man alone.

No one will admit to the leadership challenge, but there is one happening, with senior MPs talking timeframes with gallery journalists, the abandonment of support, and the deliberate white-anting.

It doesn’t matter whether or not there was or is a physical letter, for all intents and purposes there is though a metaphorical letter, and that letter is drawing a close to the inept and failed leadership of David Shearer.

Caucus will have got another set of poll results from labour’s internal pollsters, that is if thy have paid the bills, and yet again their numbers would have had a two in the front of them as they have done for weeks on end.

The next Roy Morgan poll will be critical, I’m not sure though that David Shearer can hope for another out of sync poll from them to save him anymore.

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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.

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

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