Since Duncan Garner’s blog on Tuesday (Opinion: Why does Labour hate David Cunliffe so much?) there has been much annoyance, frustration and anger expressed by Labour supporters. A Labour Revolt petition has been started to try to get David Shearer to resign.
Shearer has been called on to address the obvious problems in his caucus. It has been suggested that inaction implicates Shearer’s complicity in the dissing of Cunliffe.
So what reaction has there been? Very little. Yesterday there was just one reference in media of Shearer, in Stuff’s Fresh ructions hit Labour. At the bottom of this article:
One report suggested MPs thought Cunliffe was lazy and Shearer was disappointed in him.
But Shearer yesterday hit out at the speculation and said Cunliffe had his full backing.
There was no suggestion that Cunliffe would be demoted.
“God no, the guy’s got a huge brain. He’s really across economy policy. Hell no, I want him to be there and want him to keep doing what he’s doing . . . I don’t think there would be anybody else in the caucus who could do it as well as him, to be honest.”
Some vague praise and nothing addressing the apparent attacks by “two very senior MPs”.
Nothing to appease the growing unease at Shearer’s leadership. This problem would go away by trying to ignore it.