It’s understandable that the right wingers, feeling a bit punch drunk from the factional succession squabble going on in National, would try and distract attention by spreading some mischievous rumours. Hence we’ve had a week or so of speculation about chaos in David Shearer’s office. Nice to see those officially laid to rest today:
Rumours of office rift rile Shearer
Labour leader David Shearer reacted angrily yesterday to reports that his office was in turmoil, that two key advisers were leaving, and that his deputy Grant Robertson could be preparing for a challenge.
Suggestions that his chief press secretary Fran Mold and political adviser John Pagani were leaving were wrong, he told the Weekend Herald. That was backed up by both advisers.
No doubt the word of Pagani and Mold won’t be good enough for the right wing rumour mill, but there they are on record.
Suggestions that his new chief of staff, Alistair Cameron, was Mr Robertson’s man were also wrong.
And suggestions that Ms Mold had fallen out with his former chief of staff, Stuart Nash, over his leadership style were wrong.
It did not bear any resemblance to fact or truth.
“Do we have debates within the Labour Party? Damned right we do but it doesn’t lead to the sort of thing that everybody seems to be reporting on at the moment,” he said.
We here at The Standard get a special telling off:
Mr Shearer said he was surprised that speculation from blogs was also appearing in mainstream media. He appeared most irritated at suggestions [on The Standard] that Mr Cameron had been installed in advance of a leadership takeover by Mr Robertson.
Rumours once again to the contrary, we’re in no way a Labour blog, and the authors here have wide range of opinions. I wouldn’t have it any other way! Speaking for myself, however, I’m glad to see these rumours laid to rest.