The left wing are not happy with the way David Shearer has been played by Winston Peters. Peters has made it a bottom line of any coalition with him that the assets sold down must be forcibly nationalised again.
David Shearer though refuses to confirm or deny Labour’s position and the left aren’t happy. Malcolm Harbrow at No Right Turn calls Shearer a Spineless Chicken-shit:
Yesterday Winston Peters flung down the gauntlet on asset sales, declaring that NZ First would buy back stolen assets at no more than cost – and borrow if necessary to do it. Labour leader David Shearer’s response? He “won’t rule it out but we won’t rule it in either”. I’d ask him to tell us what he reallythinks, but its clear that he doesn’t really think anything. He’s just a spineless chickenshit, saying nothing for fear of offending anyone.
This isn’t good leadership, and it isn’t good politics either.
And Lew at Politico says;
David Shearer says he won’t rule out buying back shares in state-owned power companies sold by the government. He won’t rule it in, either. Why? Does he need to consult his leader?
There’s so much wrong with this that I scarcely know where to start. This buyback agenda has been set by Winston Peters; it’s now two years since the 2011 election campaign kicked off with a pledge to sell these assets, and it’s like the boffins in Labour haven’t yet had an original idea about it. The problem with old generals is supposed to be that they fight today’s war with the strategies of yesterday’s war, but this is worse — it’s fighting yesterday’s war with the strategies that lost the one before that.
David Shearer is now painted into a corner. Labour co-sponsored the rorted referendum, and the Greens are the ones acting and looking all oppositional. Winston Peters has put his stake in the ground leaving Shearer looking like a dork.
The only way out now for Shearer is to state Labour’s bottom line and fast. Otherwise he looks like a vacillator beholden to his aggressive and weird coalition partners.
If he does lay out Labour’s position and that is re-naionalise the assets then he needs to start explaining how he os going to do without massive borrowing.
Of course he could just let Russel Norman explain that if they need a few billion then they will just run the printing presses and print off the necessary money needed.
All of which just makes me believe that Shearer, like Goff before him is running Trev’s Stealing underpants strategy.
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