Labour Party Coup Watch downgrade


Team Shearer (11)
David Shearer, Phil Goff, Annette King, Trevor Mallard, David Parker, Damien O’Connor, Darien Fenton, Kris Fa’afoi, Ross Robertson, Maryan Street, Ruth Dyson.

The Young and The Restless (8)
Grant Robertson, Jacinda Ardern, Chris Hipkins, Phil Twyford, Clare Curran, Megan Woods, Ian Lees-Galloway, David Clark.

Cunliffe’s People (11)
David Cunliffe, Lianne Dalziel, Moana Mackey, Nanaia Mahuta, Louisa Wall, Sue Moroney, Rajen Prasad, Rino Tirikatene, Su’a William Sio, Raymond Huo, Carol Beaumont,

Shane Jones, Andrew Little, Clayton Cosgrove


TDB will downgrade the Labour Party Coup Watch from Severe to High, not because the Leadership conditions have gotten much better for David Shearer, but because the destabilization campaign being waged isn’t being generated from the Cunliffe or Robertson camps, it’s coming from an ABC splinter cell wanting to promote a new candidate over Shearer.

The next challenge for Shearer will be the next set of polls.

Mr Chris Trotter was in Wellington late last week, his next couple of blogs on this topic should be interesting.

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  1. Sigh. At the risk of sounding impatient and petulant, I just wish they’d all get a giddy up. That bottle of bubbles I have aside for such an occasion isn’t going to open itself.

  2. With few exceptions, they should all just go and do a Survivor/Big Brother reality show and make room for people who actually want to change something. This sort of blog post makes me sick – not because you wrote it, but because we should be discussing and arguing about political policy and how to make Aotearoa a country for the majority of her people, not about who’s going to be Prom Queen. Sadly, who’s going to be Prom Queen is about the level of debate that this Labour Party inspires.

  3. My money (ha ha since I don’t really have any) is on Shearer staying till the election now. As you point out, any candidate challenge doesn’t appear to involve Cunliffe so what’s the point? I don’t think Cunliffe will be prepared to come back into the fray right now. And there doesn’t appear to be any profound change of heart vis a vis moving to the left from the leadership of the Labour Party as a whole.I’m expecting they will try to squeak into government with Shearer, ignoring the fact that they won’t recover any of the percentage of the parliamentary seats they lost at the last election (quite a big price to pay, with longer term ramifications, which they don’t seem to be thinking about at present).

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