The Blink Test, Ctd

In my?con?tin?u?ing?series about?The Blink Test we?look at the?five poten?tial lead?ers for Labour after Phil Goff finally quits.

Today we check David Shearer against the Blink?Test.

Photo: from The Listener

David Shearer is an impressive speaker, and is completely?disconnected with the failed Clark administration. He can?talk about new policies without being bashed for not coming?up with them when he was in power, and because he is not a?long term party hack he isn’t beholden to anyone in the?party.

This means he can stand up and speak directly to Chris?Trotter’s Waitakere Man. He can disassociate himself from?the past.

Shearer is the Labour Party’s best kept secret. He has the?common touch and he can appeal to those traditional Labour?supporters that like John Key but don’t like his policies. He?is the only one of the five contenders who can pass the blink test, and?if National had have had half a brain they would have
recruited him to run for them.

Sources inside National say Shearer is the only potential leader National fear, because they can’t smash him using the?same tactics they have hammered Goff with, or with the?bland, lack of mongrel, porn or arrogant labels they can?with his competitors. We will all know Labour are serious?about winning in 2014 if they make a clean break from the?past and choose Shearer as the next leader.

After all, he alone passes the blink test.