Quote of the day:
“I always felt, oddly enough, more comfortable in a war zones than I did in the Labour Party— not so much in the Labour Party but in politics. I mean, obviously in politics you’re getting sniped at from all directions. In a war zone, you can generally tell who the good guys are and who are the bad guys.” – David Shearer.
That’s a very revealing insight into the Labour Party in spite of correcting himself and saying politics.
There’s nothing unusual at getting sniped at from the other side, it’s the sniping from you own side and not knowing who are the goodies and who are the baddies that is hardest to combat.
That was what Julia Gillard had to cope with while she was Prime Minister and lack of loyalty from her own caucus was what eventually toppled her.
Shearer faced similar undermining from his colleagues which made it impossible for him, or his party, to make any traction.
Whether his successor fares any better will depend on whether or not he can unite his caucus and the party.
Given the number of factions and depth of divisions between them, that could take some time.