Cunliffe shaves – an ominous sign?
Tue, 14 Aug 2012 6:14p.m.
By Tova O'Brien
Labour leader David Shearer has warned his MPs to shut up and keep their bickering to themselves.
He gave them the message at a caucus meeting where he reminded them that he's the boss.
Mr Shearer was on the warpath this morning, his own MPs in his sights.
"What I will be telling my caucus today is to keep those opinions to themselves," said Mr Shearer.
"They will be left with absolutely no doubt… I will be giving them a very unequivocal clear steer… they're going to get a rev up today."
He is furious about the distraction two senior Labour MPs caused when they told 3 News how much they hate David Cunliffe, going so far as to say they want a travel fund set up to keep Mr Cunliffe – who has been on holiday – out of the country.
Their attempts were unsuccessful; Camp Cunliffe is united and as strong as ever.
"Well, I'm back and I'm refreshed," said Mr Cunliffe, who is clean-shaven for the first time since he lost the leadership battle.
It's an ominous sign, according to past warnings from Prime Minister John Key.
"Let me give some free advice to David Shearer," Mr Key said in Parliament. "When David Cunliffe has a shave, be worried, because he's coming after you."
But the ructions go beyond the two Davids thanks to Su'a William Sio. He spoke out against his colleague's bill to legalise same-sex marriage, saying it would lose labour the election.
"He's apologised," said Mr Shearer.
And team ABC – "Anyone But Cunliffe" – has shut up shop.
When asked if he trusted Mr Cunliffe, Trevor Mallard said, "No comment."
When asked why they hated Mr Cunliffe, David Parker said, "We don't."
Labour's deputy leader Grant Robertson also said, "We don't... don't be silly."
The honeymoon is well and truly over for Mr Shearer, and both of the Camp Davids are stirring. Mr Shearer's new tough-talking tactic may publicly cool the bickering for now, but privately the in-fighting appears so entrenched, it's likely to continue to fester.
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15/08/2012 12:44:28 p.m.
why would chris be scared david, the polls show national going up, labour sinking down again. And talking of abusive, look in the mirror
15/08/2012 11:18:10 a.m.
Why did he use a shearer, and not say a barber ?!?!!
15/08/2012 9:59:47 a.m.
Great photo in the Herald this AM [Wed.] who is the smiling assasin now ? Cunliffe is plotting. Shearer is a gone burger. Really keeping Shearer on would be in the best iterests of National. Labour really are a joke.
15/08/2012 9:28:32 a.m.
This sort of thing goes on in all parties. You think everyone likes everyone? come on, its just human nature! National have the good sense to keep quiet and not spout to the media! It is just how politics are now, media are used to steer results and where the rumours really come from - who knows?? it looks like there is some turbulance but that always happens with leadership change. The real issue is, does Shearer have the tough leadership qualities required to settle the fuss created? And pull all caucus together to follow in the same direction united in their aim? Only he knows that and if it means getting tough and removing some of the unwilling out then that is what he should do! But fast! The polls will then indicate to the voters how he is performing!
15/08/2012 5:54:59 a.m.
Labour need to get rid of shearer and the likes of trevor and his mates and take the other route of cunnliffe. I have never seen such a quiet opposition party and under shearer it seems they have gone to sleep missing every opportunity to put across Labours rebuttals. Almost wondering if National has infiltrated Labour here which wouldnt surprise me in the least with their dirty politics and no compassion.
15/08/2012 5:14:48 a.m.
No mate , they are going to come back stronger than ever , they have a plan . Cant wait to see the back of this Tory lot .
15/08/2012 12:45:53 a.m.
Here we have Chris... typical rightie.. abusive, ill informed. incapable of forming intelligent sentence.. and highly like transgendered as he/she cant make up her mind which she is.
Sad really that you are all the right has to offer.
Just like John Key, impotent on unemployment and so self involved they think the planet revolves around them.
Trouble is... the last poll said differently.. and that scares chris.
What would he have left to do with no more National in? get a real job?
14/08/2012 7:20:13 p.m.
Us National supporters LOVE to read this stuff - we sleep really well at night. Shearer is a joke, Cunliffe is Nasty. Labour will continue this charade untill the election and its history for them again. Suck it up you moronic lefties.
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