In what I think is a bit harsh and premature, a Liberation critique of Labour’s current leanings and leadership.
David Shearer is a dead man walking. That is, his failure to reconnect a cynical electorate with Labour means that his continuation as party leader is untenable. So, is David Cunliffe once again vying for the big job?
And with his recent ‘anti-Shearer’ speech calling for the party to more strongly differentiate itself from National, do we have a full-blown conspiracy in our midst? Are a group of Labour insiders planning to take hold of the organisation and push it to the left? In this guest blogpost, John Moore speculates on plotting against the Labour leader, and asks what this all really means for the trajectory of the party?
I don’t think it’s a done deal for Shearer, he still has time to show his authority and genuine vision – but he won’t succeed without more obvious and concerted support from the Labour ranks.
Extracting a show of support and allegiance to David Shearer from some Labour supporters is about as hard as extracting oil from a Green Party well.