David Shearer made the traditional denials that there are any leadership issues before this morning’s Labour caucus meeting. Or he is oblivious to the breadth and depth of dissent within Labour ranks and in the wider vote catchment?
It may be that nothing he says will be seen positively any more (except for “I’m stepping down’) but Shearer keeps digging his hole deeper. Reported in the Dominion this morning in Shearer confident knives won’t come out…
MPs were not paying attention to the “whispering” that was going on, he said.
“That’s basically people who are sitting in front of their computers giving their opinions and it’s continuing to drive discussion of it up.”
That dismissal of genuine angst has not gone down well amongst some at The Standard, and the reaction is summed up by a comment on the Dom article:
“MP’s were not paying attention to the ‘whispering’ that was going on he said. Thats basically people who are sitting in front of their computers giving their opinions and it’s continuing to drive discussion of it up”.
Ok. So have they considered that these people are voters that they have lost due to the vacuum that seems to exist within the party and the decision to put Shearer in the leadership position? I don’t think these discussions can be dismissed as “whisperings”. They sound more like a collective howl of desparation from Labour voters and would be Labour supporters.
Its offensive that the party isn’t listening to the very people that would normally vote for them. Its also arrogant that they believe they can continue onwards with a leader who has no political experience and is out of touch.
It’s not personal, we just need a leader and party who can oust the disaster that is the National Government, (if they don’t self destruct prior to 2014, although we can only live in hope) I won’t be party voting Labour in the next election if Shearer is still there.
Thats after 8 elections of voting Labour (and giving them the party vote after the introduction of MMP)From now its going to be two ticks Greens for me.
Rosie commented on this at The Standard and a regular commenter responded
Rosie, looks like your comment is the first up this time. Well said. And this “whispering” meme is nasty and wrong.
These sorts of comments – a ‘collective howl of desperation from Labour voters and would be Labour supporters’ – are comments on the blogs that Shearer disses and dismisses.
If Shearer and Labour MPs don’t start listening to the degree of disatisfaction their lack of attention will bite them on the bum, with wolves fangs.