Someone tipped me off about this Kiwiblog post where DPF tries to play the wise ‘ol political insider:
The war against Shearer
The Standard has done three posts in two days calling for David Shearer to go, and on who should replace him.
While each is by a different author, I have been around politics far too long to think for a second that this is not part of a co-ordinated strategy to destabilise Shearer in the leadup to the Labour conference. …
Again, if you think this is a coincidence, I have a bridge for sale. Someone has decided to push the button.
Alas the increasingly irrelevant one’s political instincts (which were never good) now seem to have failed him completely. I can state with utmost certainty that (1) The Standard is a loose collective of leftie authors, who (2) are “led” or instructed by no one, and (3) frequently disagree with each other, and (4) have not had any “button” pushed to orchestrate a campaign against Shearer.
I can see how Farrar would make such a mistake, being more used to a command and control structure for his Nat blog. Interesting to note in this interview that National nearly closed Kiwiblog down, and it “was probably quite lucky to survive”. Well well. But here at The Standard we don’t take orders from anyone. We frequently disagree, on Shearer and on many other issues. Long live free speech eh?