Colin Espiner explains the anatomy of a coup and says of Labour leader David Shearer:
. . . Most people have no idea who he is, and those who do know think he’s a shambolic, equivocal, spineless ditherer with the political nous of a first-term MP.
Shearer is a lovely man. I’d let him babysit my kids without hesitation. But to date he has revealed neither the fortitude nor the authority to lead a political party – let alone be a prime minister. . . .
Barry Soper is equally derisive:
Every time the hapless, Dithering David Shearer stood up in Parliament’s bear pit . . .
Is that fair? Is it true?