We all knew David Shearer was a good guy and he’s just proved how good – and noble – a man he is by resigning rather than forcing a messy and protracted leadership coup.
Let’s hope that caucus, Labour members and the affiliates will be as clear headed. Now is not the time for another political experiment. John Key’s on top of his game and Labour desperately needs a leader that can hold his own against him. Only David Cunliffe has the experience, passion and charisma to go head to head with Key….and win. And the last 10 months on the back benches have given him a dose of humility – a welcome quality in any leader.
Labour Party members will now, for the first time, get to vote for the leader of their choice. With just over a year till the next general election we don’t have time for training wheels.