"National for Shearer" Facebook pageby Toby Manhire
Nats4Shearer makes sport of Labour's internal anguish.
It's been around for a week but escaped my notice until Steven Joyce championed it on the radio this morning: the "National for Shearer" Facebook page.
The page, which has to date attracted 220 likes, described itself upon its launch this way:
This page has been launched by National Party supporters concerned by talk of a leadership coup underway in the Labour Party.
We believe it is in the National interest for Labour Leader David Shearer to hold onto his job, and this page has been established to offer our moral support for his survival.
Feel free to signal your enthusiasm for Labour to keep David Shearer as Leader by leaving a message or liking our page. (Nothing nasty please).
We want to let Mr Shearer know that we’re right behind him.
The joke will only compound the fury of Shearer's detractors, some of whom have expressed suspicion that the most vocal of the Labour leader's supporters among commentators appear to hark from the right side of the political spectrum.
Nearly 30 years after young Swedish tourists Urban Hoglin and Heidi Paakkonen disappeared in the Coromandel key witnesses say the mystery haunts them.Read more
With the advent of orphanage tourism, travellers think they're doing good. But they can often just be lining the pockets of the orphanages' owners.Read more
A Polish soldier volunteered to be incarcerated at Auschwitz so he could report on the Nazis’ activities inside the death camp.Read more
Gaylene Preston was taken by surprise when her famous subject decided to apply for another job in the middle of filming My Year with Helen.Read more
Naomi Klein has been unpacking the neo-liberal bag of tricks on our behalf since 2000. Now she’s leading a call to resist US President Trump.Read more
When Slavko Martinov pitched the idea for his documentary to the Film Commission, it came out as 'Best in Show' - with chickens.Read more