“…David Shearer: Left Divided Over Low-Profile Leader…”

“…The left is divided over whether Labour’s “unfortunate experiment” with David Shearer needs to end.

Some say Shearer has no leadership qualities, others that he is like Helen Clark early in her tenure.

Commentator Chris Trotter has labelled Shearer “the unfortunate experiment”, saying he was wrong to support him. “He ain’t anybody’s kind of leader.”

Academic Bryce Edwards agrees. “It’s dragged on so long now that the honeymoon is over and there’s nothing to show for it.”

Speculation about Shearer’s future was sparked by the departure of chief of staff Stuart Nash – known to have clashed with press secretary Fran Mold over the leader’s low profile.

Nash’s replacement is seen as an ally of deputy leader Grant Robertson – who is the leading contender to replace Shearer.

Others touted are David Cunliffe, and former union boss Andrew Little.

Robertson yesterday reiterated he backed Shearer. “There is no truth to any rumour I am challenging him.”

Cunliffe said he was “pissed off” at some of the speculation.

“David is a good and decent leader who deserves a chance.”..”

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