Nash blames Mold for Shearer’s demise

Stuart Nash has blamed Fran Mold and other useless staff in the leader’s office for the demise of the leadership of his mate David Shearer.

I actually think Fran Mold needs to put up her hand and say look, maybe I didn’t do things as well as I could have in terms of media relations. Alistair Cameron perhaps has to as Chief of Staff. But Alistair’s a very good man and I’ve had a couple of conversations with Alistair, but you know the bottom line is David is the Leader, but I just think if he had spent all his time up and down the country, cos he is a good man, he’s a man of absolute integrity, he’s a man of fantastic values, and he could have been a good Prime Minister. But what I’m talking about, this isn’t rocket science Rachel, this isn’t the first time this has been said. This is what every leader in New Zealand and across the western world does if they want to be Prime Minister, President, you name it. They get out and they meet the people, and they find out what the real issues are.  

He won’t commit to a preference for leader…

[I]t looks like at the moment and let’s be honest – it looks like it’s going to be Grant Robertson, David Cunliffe. Now Shane Jones may put up his hand and I hope he does, and in fact I hope we have four or five people put up their hand and we have town hall debates up and down this country with these five people putting forward a vision for how New Zealand could be. But let’s say it is Cunliffe and it is Robertson, well I will make my choice cos I’m a member so I get a vote, I’ll make my choice after hearing the candidates and who I think is the best person to first of all, and most importantly, unify the caucus. That is the number one thing, they’ve gotta unify the caucus. The second thing – who can sell a vision to New Zealand, who can convince New Zealanders that Labour is now ready to govern.

Stuart has it right there at the end…Labour still is not ready to govern.


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