Can Captain Mumble…. Lead Labour Again?

David Shearer - Dead Fish

David Shearer is a good man. He is a bloke who you wouldn’t mind having a beer with, even though he seems to think that looking after misbegotten people all over the world makes him the perfect choice to run our country.

The problem for David Shearer is he is a proven failure. He proved he couldn’t go up against Key and win. He had two years to prove it, and he kept failing. He had two years to connect with middle New Zealand. He proved he couldn’t.  He had two years to raise funds for Labour, and he proved he couldn’t raise funds. He was known as Captain Mumblef*ck because he mumbled. In the year since he left as leader he has done nothing to fix his mumbling.
David Shearer has to convince the Labour Party that he can speak fluently, raise money and connect with middle New Zealand despite a track record of failing to do so. His pitch is essentially the same as David Cunliffes, “I’ll be less f***ed next time.


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