The Standard has done three posts in two days calling for David Shearer to go, and on who should replace him.
While each is by a different author, I have been around politics far too long to think for a second that this is not part of a co-ordinated strategy to destabilise Shearer in the leadup to the Labour conference.
Otherwise why not wait until after the conference to see how he goes? Their authors know how destabilising their posts will be, and that it will detract from the Labour conference – even if Shearer performs well.
The three posts are:
Again, if you think this is a coincidence, I have a bridge for sale. Someone has decided to push the button. The only rational reason to come out all guns blazing just seven days before the Labour Annual Conference is so that Shearer is undermined at the conference.
- Eddie – On David Shearer’s Leadership - For the Left to win in 2014, David Shearer has to resign as Labour Leader.
- Irishbill – It’s time to go - David Shearer needs to go if Labour is to stand a chance in 2014 and he needs to go as soon as possible.
- Queen of Thorns – Who could replace Shearer? - I agree with the other posters on The Standard who think Shearer needs to go as Labour leader.
We're with DPF on this. It is clearly a coordinated response from writers at The Standard to destabilise David Shearer's leadership, and to promote the claims of David Cunliffe.
Let's not forget that Labour went through all this less than a year ago, just after Labour's disastrous 27% party vote in the 2011 General Election. At that time David Cunliffe was the clear choice of authors and commenters at The Standard of apparently of Labour Party rank and file. Even Labour-aligned bloggers such as Robert Winter from Idle Thought of an Idle Fellow and Scott from Imperator Fish expressed a strong preference for David C, and both have expressed frustration at David S's performance thus far.
However Labour's rank and file and its bloggers did not get a vote in the leadership contest. And David Cunliffe, it's fair to say, is not the most popular member of Labour's caucus which counted against him when the numbers were crunched.
Labour's caucus made its bed; now it has to lie in it. But a third of the way through the electoral cycle, there's definitely some interest in changing the sheets. It's going to be an interesting week.