Some comments at The Standard in Not even trying any more that I agree with:
It also goes some way to explaining Shearer’s stumbling with words. It is hard for a fundamentally honest man to play Key’s game.
I agree that Shearer’s stumbling is probably an indication he’s not comfortable in a political pointscoring role. To an extent it may be hinting at his inherent honesty, but if he was being totally honest with himself he would be himself and wouldn’t have allowed himself to become a hapless puppet of destructive party tactics.
Agree, fight fire with fire and Labour’s not got the DNA to do what it takes as it considers this a more noble and rules based game.