Matt McCarten's damning evaluation of the Labour front bench when combined with Shearer's camouflaged invisible Ninja routine helps explain a Labour Party that is stalling and spluttering again.
Matt's criticism is well placed and the need to cut out a lot of the dead wood within Labour's caucus is an urgent surgery long over due, but because of the weak choice of leader, that surgery just isn't possible right now.
What's going well for Labour?
Clare Curran - Her work on Save TVNZ7 and rebuilding Labour's public broadcasting commitment was something I've witnessed first hand and her constant digging should gain her a lot more respect than cool kids at The Standard ever give her.
Darien Fenton - Had to carry so much of Labour's visible protest for the various Union disputes last year because Shearer's advisors are desperate to break the new leader with 'old Labour'.
Sue Moroney - Amazing work on paid parental leave.
David Cunliffe - Has challenged Labour Party free market orthodoxy with a series of speeches that has shown that there is some intellectual talent within the Party.
Moana Mackey - Far smarter than anyone will give her credit for.
Phil Twyford - Far more left than anyone will give him credit for.
Charles Chauvel - One of the smartest brains Labour has.
Lianne Dalziel - Has been tireless in standing up for the voiceless in Christchurch.
Andrew Little - Very capable.
There is talent here, but the utter disarray the Caucus seem to have descended into with senior MP's attacking Cunliffe to a journalists face in the wake of more wobbly poll numbers is as damaging as the admission by these same senior MP's that Shearer could be stood down if he continues to fail to fire.
Liam Dann in the Weekend Herald is almost spluttering in his shock at how little political damage Key has received over our unemployment rate, and he's not the only one. Labour should have been all over the unemployment rate increase but the issue wasn't even mentioned in the weekend current affairs shows.
One starts wondering if there is anyone actually home in the Labour Party opposition, and if there is, when do they expect to get out of bed?
The difference between a Japanese nuclear reactor and the NZ Labour Party is that Japanese nuclear reactors know when to stop melting down.