The ABCs, driven insane by the realization Shearer can’t do it are the ones plotting his overthrow with a new candidate that will block Cunliffe.
It’s like the Red Wedding from Game of Thrown’s moment, that sudden horrifying realization that it’s all going to go horribly wrong.
If it was a Cunliffe or Robertson attempt at leadership, I’d be cheering from the sidelines, but the ABCs trying to install another flawed choice to protect their cushy positions is a political sado-masochistic self mutilation too far for me.
The problem seems to be that Grant Robertson (and I say this as someone who really likes Grant) doesn’t have the killer instinct to take power and is so cautious that he’ll wait till Labour collapses at the 2014 election to make his move.
The problem with David Cunliffe is that he is simply too decent a person. The much hyped manufactured leadership challenge at the last conference never happened because Cunliffe was too loyal to the Party and he wouldn’t say how he would vote in a secret ballot 3 months from when the conference was held. The shock the out-of-loop msm had that Labour activists wanted to make the Party more democratic was misinterpreted by them as a leadership challenge. A misinterpretation the ABCs were more than happy to manipulate.
With such factional deadlock Shearer, may be the best option, anything is better than allowing the ABCs to run the show again. That said, I don’t know if the left can win the next election if Shearer is the leader of the Labour Party, I just fear he will get ripped to pieces in the debates with Key next year and voters will walk away from such a mauling with little faith.
I hope I’m wrong because this Government is destroying NZ.