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As TDB pointed out on our 2nd of August Labour Coup Watch upgrade, the move against Shearer was on weeks ago. The factions have heard the demands of the affiliates for a Labour leader who doesn’t count Fran O’Sullivan, John Armstrong, David Farrar, Matthew Hooton and Cameron Slater as their most ardent supporters.
David Shearer is a good man who has done the honorable thing and stepped aside. This is not a moment for ‘I-told-you-so’, or ‘what-were-you-thinking-in-the-first-place’, from the bloggers to the Labour Caucus, this is a moment to pause, consider the horror of what John Key is doing to our Democracy and put into place a leader who can beat Key one on one.
If there was any single moment that turned the factions, I think it was the Campbell Live vs John Key interview. Here was John Campbell, one of our most respected progressive Journalists, flummoxed at every turn by a John Key at the heights of his confidence. Many must have thought ‘if that’s what Key can do to Campbell, what hope does Shearer have’?
The leadership challenge will be as TDB predicted, a 3 week event and it will be done and dusted before the Conference in November so that the new Leader has a new fresh clean start at that Conference.
While I have no intention of lecturing the Caucus or affiliates as to who they should anoint to be the new leader, I just want to raise one warning against attacking Cunliffe. The majority of Labour members want Cunliffe, that is crystal clear and for the factions to make some last ditch attempt to block him would be bewilderingly self-destructive in the extreme.
I, like many progressive NZers just want a Labour Leader who can beat this wicked Government and their vacant multi-millionaire Prime Minister. Let’s get a new Labour Leader who can articulate an actual left wing economic and social agenda and take our damned country back!
In short Labour, let’s be friends again but don’t screw this up.