There until there’s a better alternative

Duncan Garner explains the sequence of events which prompted his tweet that a leadership coup was underway in Labour.

He then gets to the nub of why it’s not happened – yet: (2:10)

It is slow because Labour, while they don’t want Shearer any more, they don’t know who to replace Shearer with. that is their problem. . .

Well, that’s one of their problems.

Another is, Garner says, that Grant Robertson, wants to be leader but not yet. He wants to wait until after next year’s election.

That means he doesn’t want the party to win in 2014 because that will give him a better opportunity to be leader.

Garner returns to the first problem. (4:06):

So there’s all these issues that have seriously unimpressed now the majority of this caucus who are not happy with Shearer and they’re looking around, openly looking around to replace him except they are struggling to settle on the candidate. . .

What this means is Shearer is there only until there’s a better alternative.

That caucus can’t find one is yet another indication of how divided they are and it will take more than a leadership change to bring unity.




14 Responses to There until there’s a better alternative

  1. Cadwallader says:

    Agree. Neatly summed-up. Robertson’s alleged strategy, if correct, reveals him to be cunning rather than strong leadership material.

  2. robertguyton says:

    More gossip, Ele. It’s not like you. Are you being instructed to run this vacuous tripe? Perhaps you might like to discuss something with substance to it, like the petrol tax increases, or perhaps the attempts by John Key to legalize spying on you, me, Grave Dodger and ever other New Zealander. It’s something we were protected by law from, up until now and Key is fighting very hard to remove our right to privacy – don’t you feel driven to protest his actions, Ele? Much more important that Duncan Garner’s cries of ‘wolf!’.

  3. jabba says:

    this is easy .. if Shearer is still the Leader at election time then the gossip was wrong. If he goes, it was right. let’s wait and watch with interest. I suspect the Gweens would like David S to stay as he would be a soft touch BUT David C would not.
    Right .. bOb. Petrol goes up and down almost weekly for all sorts of reasons. Countdown have 30c off if you spend over $200. Will be there Saturday.
    Spying .. the law as entered by Labour had flaws. This Govt will try and fix it. I am happy to have spies checking dodgy people (they may have checked on you bOb).

  4. jabba says:

    AND .. imagine petrol prices if the Gweens got into power .. ETS and driving down the dollar anyone?

  5. TraceyS says:

    And the reduction in tax revenue + increase in social welfare when these clever and environmentally sustainable moves put a whole lot of people out of business.

  6. robertguyton says:

    Tracey and Jabba – lovers of tax.
    As you said, Tracey, sad.
    As for your being ‘relaxed’ about being subject to being spied-upon, jabba I won’t ever believe that you have noting to hide. There’s your embarrasing naivety for starters, your gullibility, your willingness to empower dictatorial authority, it just goes on and on, a sad litany of spinelessness…

  7. TraceyS says:

    Recognition of the reality of taxation doesn’t make one a “lover of tax”.

  8. jabba says:

    are you really a teacher bOb?

  9. TraceyS says:

    No he’s a farmer apparently. He once owned a horse.

  10. robertguyton says:

    No, jabba, I’m not.

  11. robertguyton says:

    Do you see that Key is taxing us, Tracey, taxing here, taxing there… you probably still believe that he and National are the party that won’t tax, doesn’t believe in tax – that’s Labour, isn’t it, the Taxation Party, not National!!! No, no, no!

  12. Viv K says:

    In 2012 $104 million of that tax money was used to fund the GCSB & SIS. I wonder how much more they’ll get if they get their new expanded powers.

  13. jabba says:

    thank goodness for that .. what sort of horse do you have?
    I assume you use it for transport .. keep your carbon footprint down (do horses burp and fart I wonder).

  14. Mr E says:

    Does a horse shhhh in the woods?

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