Trotter on Labour’s hypocrisy

Chris Trotter in a DomPost opinion piece has called out David Shearer and Labour for their hypocrisy and racism over the Crafar Farms deals:

It was all the more perplexing, then, to hear Opposition leader David Shearer declaring his and the Labour Party’s opposition to the sale. It’s simply inconceivable that Mr Shearer is unaware of the MFN prohibition against denying China the same right to buy land as the nations that bought upwards of 650,000 hectares of our national patrimony exercised when Helen Clark was Prime Minister, and Mr Shearer’s friend (and former boss) Phil Goff was the Minister of Trade.

To avoid the inevitable charges of rank hypocrisy and populist opportunism, Mr Shearer needed to accompany his statement opposing the sale with an announcement that Labour was committed, immediately on regaining office, to repudiating the New Zealand-China FTA and tightening up the legislation regulating overseas investment.

I’m still waiting for those other shoes to drop. And, frankly, I think I’ll go on waiting. Why? Because I simply don’t believe Labour is about to abandon its long-standing commitment to free trade. Nor am I confident Mr Shearer is any more willing to court the fury and retaliatory trade restrictions of the Chinese government than Mr Key. Both are well aware that this country’s future prosperity is inextricably bound up with China’s.

If foreign ownership of our land was something successive governments wished to restrict, they should have legislated against it before they embraced the doctrine of free trade.

 

  • Anonymous

    Am stunned by Trotter, more for the fact that he is speaking honest truth and fact!  Great work Chris Trotter….

    Key point here though is if in fact those in the Labour camp will listen and take note. I doubt it somehow…

  • Kthxbai

    “It’s simply inconceivable that Mr Shearer is unaware of the MFN prohibition against denying China the same right to buy land..”

    Oh yes it is, Mr Shearer really doesn’t seem to be aware of background any issue, despite 3 years in parliament. 

  • In Vino Veritas

    Labours own bagging them. Rabble they are. I can just imagine the scorn and destruction that someone like Muldoon would have heaped upon this lot.

  • Petal

    “It was all the more perplexing, then, to hear Opposition leader David Shearer declaring his and the Labour Party’s opposition to the sale”

    Labour’s only policy:  If National is for it we are against it.

    I wish I was kidding.

    • Anonymous

      And that about sums up the quality of your average politician in this country.

  • tas

    Labour’s opposition to the Crafar sale is political opportunism: They saw a poll saying 80% don’t like the sale and so they decided to oppose it. Same with asset sales: They saw a poll saying 75% oppose it, so they decided to oppose it. Same with the tea tapes: They saw Key in trouble, so they decided to exploit it. There was absolutely no principle behind any of these stances. Meanwhile, they accuse Key of being poll-driven.

  • Anonymous

    An opposition poli caught out doing a few lines of hypocrisy? Surely you jest?
    The drug of choice for the ineffective.

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