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OPINION: Why Shearer needs to spill Cunliffe's blood

David Shearer has one opportunity – and one opportunity only – to show his steel as leader of the Labour Party.

Having summoned his caucus to Wellington today to confirm his party leadership Mr Shearer must put the hot poker up challenger David Cunliffe and his ilk.

If he does anything other than banish Mr Cunliffe and his conniving cabal – including the likes of Sue Moroney and Nanaia Mahuta – to the backbench wilderness, Mr Shearer will lose political momentum, not to mention grassroots backing.

If today’s exercise dissolves into a kiss-and-make-up affair, Mr Shearer may as well give up any chance of running the country.

If he is serious about leading his party to victory in 2014 – and that is looking less likely with every poll that passes – Mr Shearer needs to act now.

Labour politics reeks of the blood of “pick me, pick me” leadership wanna-be's.

If Mr Shearer means business, Mr Cunliffe needs to taste the axe.

janderson@nbr.co.nz
 

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Comments and questions

He has already blown it.
Rather like his claim to have stared down warlords, it is now too late
He now has the entire Dads Army behind him.
A true leader would have sent Cunliffe to the back bench when he defeated him in the first battle.

I'd trust David Shearer any day over that snake Cunliffe who would be far better off with the other snakes in the National party

It's a shame Labour doesn't have any strong, articulate and rational, yet passionate, leaders to pick from - probably a reflection of NZ as a whole as national is also wanting in that department. Next election is a golden opportunity and yet I can't help thinking that labour is going to balls it up again.

Shearer is a little too precious, if he wants to run the country we should be hearing from him every other day and he should get it right at least 75% of the time rather than piping up with the odd innuendo and half baked idea twice a year.

The first part of your first sentence has highlighted the very reasons why people with even the a crumb of common sense dont want Labour to run this country.

Its been done, Cunliffe now needs binoculars in the house.

I would have rather he needed a periscope/

how about a rear view mirror?

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