An interesting post at Kiwiblog – Let Shearer be Shearer.
It shares the widely held view that Shearer “is genuinely nice guy”, but also the other widely held view trhat he is failing to articulate himself and his visions adequately. And…
The problem, as I understand it from a couple of Labour people, is that David Shearer does have some innovative and exciting ideas around policy, ones that break the stereotype of right vs left. But the problem is he has been unable to get them through his caucus, who remain largely wedded to their current policies.
As the Herald editorial says: ” People do not follow leaders who lack the confidence to be themselves.
Is this the crux of Shearer’s problems? Blocked by caucus and lacking the confidence (and support) to be appear as a strong leader.
“Same old” Labour appears to be too entrenched to allow a Shearer led recovery. This is quite noticable when a branch speech by David Cunliffe gets promoted at sometimes staunch Labour supporters at The Standard as “Some good vision”.
There seems to be some blinkers on around the Labour camps.