On holiday it would appear. That is why no one had heard from him for a while, yet one would consider that it was rather unwise to be advised to take such a break given the ever mounting negative outlook for Cunliffe & Co.
The perfect moment to make yourself known and kick up a fuss is while the PM is on his own break, yet Cunliffe takes a break almost at the same time thus maintaining the status quo while his party takes another dive in the polls.
Its looking unlikely Labour can claw their way to victory but stranger things have happened. Much talkback radio still debates Cunliffes leadership abilities and ponders if pressure is building up within the party to knock him off and put Shearer back in the hot seat.
While I would personally find this scenario highly amusing I think it would backfire a little like how it did for Labour during the Palmer/Moore era when Helen Clark managed to slip in a poll question that asked if they changed their leader would that make you vote for them and poll results said ‘yes’ so out went poor old Geoffrey and in came big Mike but what a disaster that whole debacle was.
In the Shearer/Cunliffe case, it would just be suicide. Think about it. You put some nice guy up as leader, one who can barely cut a sandwich let alone cut it as leader, continually destabilise him and eventually get him to stand down, then vote in the man who was causing the destabilising who promises the world but delivers nothing, then after he turns out to be an even shitter leader than the one before, replace him with the one you did have before months out from an election where your opposition has been riding extremely high in the polls and their leader as whipped any of your leaders as preferred PM for donkeys years, and expect to win the election at hand?
No they can’t do that, they have to maintain continuity and although it looks likely that Cunliffe will fail, he will have to push on through for the Labour party to get through their mess and come out the other side with some idea of what went wrong otherwise they will continually blunder their way through the next year with blind eyes.
Obviously National has to shore up some friends first to make sure they hedge their bets but its looking so good, so far for them. As Duncan Garner pointed out the other day, the Dotcom bombshell should have been deployed as soon as he had it to hand, not delayed and played with like a football, kiwis don’t like those types of tactics and it could very well backfire on Dotcom who I think is starting to wear a little thin on some Kiwis.
The shittest months of the year are in swing and so the door knocking in the wing and the rain begins. One a side note, what influence could the weather have on voters? Anyone looked into that?