Team Shearer (11)
David Shearer, Phil Goff, Annette King, Trevor Mallard, David Parker, Clayton Cosgrove, Damien O’Connor, Kris Fa’afoi, Ross Robertson, Maryan Street, Ruth Dyson.
The Young and The Restless (9)
Grant Robertson, Jacinda Ardern, Chris Hipkins, Phil Twyford, Clare Curran, Megan Woods, Ian Lees-Galloway, David Clark, Darien Fenton.
Cunliffe’s People (10)
David Cunliffe, Lianne Dalziel, Moana Mackey, Nanaia Mahuta, Louisa Wall, Sue Moroney, Rajen Prasad, Rino Tirikatene, Su’a William Sio, Raymond Huo,
Team Wavering (3)
Shane Jones, Carol Beaumont, Andrew Little
Last night Duncan Garner set twitter alight with the following tweet…
…within 80 minutes, Duncan was backing down…
…So what happened? There seems to be a fascinating internal fight going on within the Labour Party as they struggle with what to do with Shearer.
It seems the same MP who spoke to Gower suggesting Shearer had until Spring was the same MP who told Gower that a letter was being circulated, what is most interesting about this is that it was not anyone from the Cunliffe camp.
There is a new faction attempting to form and push the leadership issue on top of the existing factions who are currently trying to determine the way forward. Even if this is bluster, the fact that it is active doesn’t bode well for stability. One source spoken to suggested that the letter being circulated wasn’t a letter of no confidence but was a letter asking those to sign claiming they hadn’t been the MP who had spoken to Gower.
The allegation will be that Garner got it wrong, and he is being pilloried on twitter now, but that’s an easy out. There is turmoil within Labour and ambition is running amok. What this failed late night coup alludes to is that the numbers game wasn’t there yet for the 50% threshold, the question is how long that will be the case.
There is genuine fury within the Party at how the man ban fiasco was politically managed, and that is winning Shearer few friends.
One person spoken to suggested the ABCs themselves are trying to put together a counter candidate to stymie any challenge by Cunliffe if Shearer is axed. Interestingly the only group who come out of this with any honour are Cunliffe’s faction who had no hand in it.
Let’s see what shakes out after the weekend, if Shearer lasts until Monday TDB will downgrade the coup watch.