Nat masterminds Farrar and Slater are throwing it all into the anti-Cunliffe push. Farrar has a quote dredged up by the Nat research unit of Cunliffe in 2007 saying he doesn’t want to be PM because “it’s bastard of a job and I have a young family. I don’t think the two would go together.” “They must be older now” smirks Farrar. Yes, dumbarse. 7 years older by 2014.
The quiet, but rising, volume of desperation from the Nats in their attacks on Cunliffe and the way Farrar suddenly went from saying Shearer is a shoe-in to being ambivalent (easier to be on the right side of history that way) tells me that the Right’s campaign to make Shearer Labour’s leader has backfired badly.
For what it’s worth, I reckon Labour should ignore the bastards. Just select the guy who’s most likely to win the Treasury benches in 2014.