Apparently some of David Cunliffe’s colleagues in the Labour caucus feel that their fellow MP is too sneaky, so they’ve addressed this by anonymously complaining about him to TV3 political editor Duncan Garner while Cunliffe is overseas on holiday with his family:
Two very senior MPs have told me they would like an internal travel fund set up to keep Cunliffe out of the country for as long as possible. How nasty is this caucus? He is clearly not missed.
But Cunliffe is not only disliked by his caucus – he is not trusted.
Sources have told me Shearer was advised to demote him when he became Labour’s leader, but Shearer resisted and said he wanted to work with Cunliffe.That hasn’t worked apparently – my sources tell me Shearer is deeply disappointed with Cunliffe and he feels let down. This relationship cannot last.
According to Shearer’s sources, the Labour leader no longer trusts Cunliffe. That view is shared by the majority of the caucus.
It’s not hard to believe that Cunliffe is an annoying jerk, but he’s also the only MP in the party who is setting out how a Labour government might be a clear and credible alternative to National. Some of Labour’s MPs are performing well, most are invisible. David Parker, who replaced Cunliffe as Finance spokesman appears to have won Fran O’Sullivan’s heart, which will no doubt be crucial in winning back the hundreds of thousands of low income Maori, Pacifica and young voters who abandoned Labour in the last two elections.
Those ex-voters still don’t seem to be a priority though. In today’s Herald:
Borrowing from Mao Zedong’s theory that if you win the countryside, the cities will follow, the envy politics strategy is Mr Shearer’s latest attempt to win back provincial New Zealand.