Labour leader David Shearer has been forced to deny allegations of division amongst his party caucus.
Mr Shearer, who appeared TVNZ's Q+A this morning following Labour's successful Ikaroa-Rawhiti by-election result, was quizzed about the allegations and reports of a possible party leadership challenge.
"I'd like to know who the MP is," Mr Shearer said in reference to reports some MPs had told media their could be a challenge to his leadership within two months due to poor polling results.
Regular readers will know that we are helpful bloggers. So we have made it our mission to help Mr Shearer find out who the culprit is. Over the next 34 days, we're going to work our way through Labour's caucus, and see if we can find the mole for Mr Shearer.
And there's only one place to start, and that's at the top; with David Shearer himself! Now we don't think that Mr Shearer would have let slip to Patrick Gower that he was on notice, when clearly he didn't know he was. Then again, Gower said that the mole was a Shearer loyalist, and we guess that loyalists don't come much more loyal than the leader himself.
But by the same token, we still can't understand how Mr Shearer remembered his Chase Manhattan account when it came time to do his tax, but not his register of pecuniary interests. So on that basis, Mr Shearer could well be a suspect.
On probability, we'd rate David Shearer as about a 4/10; do you agree?
Stay tuned; tomorrow we will look at Labour's deputy leader, Grant Robertson