Outgoing Labour leader David Shearer had a compelling back story.
. . . dealing with the armed, desperate and irrational. . . .
. . . He has spent time dodging bullets and bombs . . .
He went from one war zone to another.
. . . negotiated his wife’s hostage release from a Somalian warlord, staring down the barrel of an AK47. . .
But he couldn’t win over the competing factions in his party and was defeated by the internal conflict.
. . .The other thing about war and politics is that you have to bring people together. Often there are issues you can have common consensus around, but you have to bring people together. I had to do that a lot in the Middle East and that built skills that are still important. . .
Skills honed in war zones weren’t sufficient to lead labour.
What does that say about the party?