The person who ended up with the most amount of power once Cunliffe was publicly flogged wasn’t David Shearer. It was Grant Robertson.
There has been much blogged and posted about why the sudden remembrance of a UN bank account with over $50 000 by David Shearer bites so much deeper than a simple mistake can cover.
In the first exchange after the news in Parliament, David Shearer asked John Key if he stood by all his statements. John Key gleefully jumped up and exclaimed, “Yes, and I stand by all my bank statements as well”.
The spin that Shearer isn’t your typical politician just got un-spun. What’s worse is that with the Government and its allies constantly forgetting things, Shearer just blunted Labour’s best attack strategy with the electoral killing smell of hypocrisy.
Everytime Labour launch an attack on forgetfulness, the cheap come back will be Shearer’s UN bank account and you know that’s the only line that will get airtime on the News.
How much this damages Labour is yet to be seen, but there must be serious nerves beginning to be felt. One way the old guard could be moved along would be by a sudden change in the power dynamics within the Party.
All that would take is a phone call from Robertson to Cunliffe with a ‘have I got a deal for you’ conversation.
Robertson as leader, Ardern as deputy and Cunliffe as Finance. Now wouldn’t that be a front bench. I’m pretty certain that would get Charles Chauvel back from the UN which would be a delicious irony considering that’s where this latest leadership wobble has started for Shearer.