The Labour Party is to seek the advice of 'critical friends' as it seeks to cast off its near terminal current affliction.
A quick look at the short list of critical friends is enough for Adolf to opine that Labour does not need enemies when it has this lot pouring bad breath all over the Party.
Looks like the old gang of academics, Bros and poofters is well in charge.
Other "critical friends" included current MP Parekura Horomia, former MPs Margaret Wilson and Tim Barnett and former British Labour MP Bryan Gould.
Of all people, Margaret Wilson would be the last person anyone should turn to for advice when looking to bury any vestige of the disastrous Clark debacle. Academic know-all Bryan Gould follows Wilson by a nose. These are yesterday's people.
The people who should be in there advising Shearer and Co are the real people of this world. Guys like John Tamihere, Damien O'Connor, Mike Moore and Kelvin Davis.
Mr Shearer more and more is looking like a piece of flotsam in search of a beach.