David Shearer

Poor job by Amy Adams forces urgency on parliament

Amy Adams was told months ago about the problem of Kiwi ratbags being deported from Australia, yet sat on her hands doing nothing.

As a result parliament is now having to rush through urgent legislation to deal with Labour’s rapist and murderer mates.

The Government is rushing through an urgent law change to put protections in place before convicted Kiwi criminals arrive here from Australia later this week.

They’re arriving on a charter flight because the the Australian government says they are too dangerous to fly commercially.

Today, a last-minute law to protect New Zealanders was introduced, but 3 News can reveal the Government was warned of “high risk” to the public nine months ago.

“We’ve got Con Air arriving on Thursday and here we are ramming this legislation through so we can have some sort of protection for New Zealanders,” says Labour MP David Shearer.    Read more »

Trotter hankers for a return for Cunliffe

Chris Trotter is disdainful of Andrew Little and his ‘abilities’, but he again jumps the shark, a habit he is developing.

In a post at The Daily Blog he outlines his version of the rise, the fall and possible rise again of David Cunliffe.

It’s increasingly difficult to form a clear impression of Cunliffe the politician. Blackening Cunliffe’s name, and trashing his performance as party leader, have played a crucial role in enhancing the shaky legitimacy of the man who replaced him. It has also allowed the party to avoid examining too closely the contribution of other Labour MPs to the 2014 debacle. The stories of Cunliffe’s indecision; his inability to formulate a strategy and stick to it; his obsessive and exhausting micromanagement; these are all that’s needed, now, to explain away Labour’s worst electoral performance since 1922.

Like Bill English and his dreadful result in 2002 it is something Cunliffe is going to have to live with.

And Andrew Little (the man whose winning margin was less than 1 percent) has been able to emerge from this carefully constructed narrative as Labour’s unlikely saviour. After a long run of incredibly bad luck, Little is portrayed as Labour’s lucky break. A strong and stable contrast to the unaccountably hopeless Cunliffe.

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Russel “give me my flag back” Norman reckons Labour rolling Shearer cost them the election

Russel Norman, whose only achievement in parliament was making representation of gingas over-representative, reckons that Labour made a big mistake in rolling David Shearer.

Russel Norman may have officially departed Parliament, but he left a few wise words of wisdom for Labour as he shut door on his political career.

The former Greens co-leader told The Nation this morning that rolling former leader David Shearer could have lost Labour the 2014 election.

“I think it could well have changed the course of the election. I do believe that. I think they made a mistake, but you know, that’s politics.”

Dr Norman said he and Mr Shearer had maintained a friendly relationship while they were both at the helm of their respective parties, which he thought was a “very positive thing”.   Read more »

David Shearer’s hypocrisy on Iraq

David Shearer got a few headlines this week by saying that the danger around John Key’s visit to Taji in Iraq has been exaggerated by the media.

Unsurprisingly, people paid attention to what Shearer said. After all, he’s been to Iraq since the U.S. invasion and has a long career working in conflict zones, so you’d think he’d know what he was talking about.

Interestingly enough, Shearer’s claim that Iraq wasn’t that dangerous is a relatively new claim by him. You see, back in May, Shearer claimed that Kiwi troops in Iraq were at quite high risk, pointing out that it would be easy for ISIS to fire rockets  at planes coming in and out of Taji, as well as the base itself. In fact, back in 2008 a rocket attack hit a compound he was in, killing two of his colleagues.

Taji base is big enough to have a landing strip, which is the preferred mode of transport given how vulnerable the road network is.

Kiwi troops would have several rings of security around the base – a level of security that is intense but necessary, Shearer said.

In Taji rockets would be getting fired at planes and because of the size of the base it’s an easy target to fire rockets at and then disappear, he said.

“The third threat would be the people you are training turning on you and the fourth one, my understanding, is that there’s likely to be militia coming onto the base as well.”

“Although they’re fighting the same fight that we are, they’re not necessarily very welcoming of foreigners being in Iraq.”

“I’d say it’s a very dangerous situation.”

Shearer said the situation had been made worse by Prime Minister John Key advertising that troops are there working alongside the United States and Australia as part of a “deal with the club”.

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Is David Shearer a secret fan of Charter Schools?

David Shearer posted a photo on Facebook of a nice little initiative in his electorate…a book sharing scheme, or mini-library.

Here is the photo.

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Labour’s racist dog-whistle fails, One News poll delivers bad news

One News delivered the bad news for Labour last night, with barely a move in the two main parties. Their dog whistle, race baiting has failed…Phil Twyford’s promises to caucus of this being Labour’s Orewa have proven to be as hollow as him.

In the latest One News Colmar Brunton poll, National has 47% party support; down 1% on May.

Labour is on 32%; up 1%.

And while they will be pleased to be heading in the right direction Labour would possibly have hoped for more of a lift given the media attention their Housing spokesman Phil Twyford’s campaign over foreign buyers in the Auckland property market has received.

But leader, Andrew Little, says, “I always have taken the view that people are biding their time with Labour.

“They’re just seeing whether we’re serious, whether we’re capable of taking on controversial issues.

“It’s pretty clear to me, when I talk to a lot of people, they like what we’re saying, they like what we’re doing, but they’re saying, ‘We just want to make sure you guys are serious.’

“So, I reckon the change will come but I’m perfectly happy with where things are at in terms of polling we’re getting”.

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Which Unions Give What to Labour?

Not enough union cash is coming in

Not enough union cash is coming in

Continuing on from our series on Union funding of Labour, or more correctly union non funding of Labour, it is worth looking at which unions give to Labour and when. Since the MMP era began Labour’s donations from unions have been less than $700,000.

Somewhat surprisingly there is only one donation from a union that does not have a vote in the Labour Party leadership election and that was a long, long time ago before Unions had a vote in the Labour leadership race.  Read more »

Why do the Unions have so much sway over Labour?

The Unions have a reputation for controlling Labour, and with some good reason. Six affiliated unions get 20% of the Labour Leadership vote, so you would think that they are also the Labour Party’s biggest donors.

The problem with this is it is not supported by the facts. Since 1996 union donations have been a little over 11% of Labour’s total declarable donations.

In most years the unions don’t give anything to Labour, who must only ask unions for money in election year.

Total Donations Union Donations Union Donation %
1996  $65,327.00  $- 0%
1997  $280,000.00  $- 0%
1998  $20,055.90  $- 0%
1999  $1,115,375.00  $80,000.00 7.17%
2000  $35,000.00  $- 0.0%
2001  $107,525.00  $- 0.0%
2002  $671,719.00  $70,000.00 10.42%
2003  $54,000.00  $- 0.0%
2004  $369,951.00  $- 0.0%
2005  $930,977.04  $140,000.00 15.04%
2006  $140,988.04  $20,000.00 14.19%
2007  $1,030,446.39  $- 0.0%
2008  $422,917.00  $117,500.00 27.78%
2009  $10,063.00  $- 0.0%
2010  $56,720.00  $- 0.0%
2011  $225,200.00  $105,200.00 46.71%
2012  $430,259.33  $- 0.0%
2013  $-  $-
2014  $251,000.00  $162,000.00 64.54%
Total  $6,217,523.70  $694,700.00 11.17%

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Labour lies and lazy media just repeat it

Yesterday David Shearer made the following statement about the price of milk:

Shearer said Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy had some explaining to do, as it was “all looking a bit too cosy”.

It was “perverse” that Coca-Cola was more affordable than fresh milk, at a time when child obesity and diabetes were causing major problems in the health system, he said.

And Fairfax ran this headline:


What a shame that Aimee Gulliver couldn’t use the internet before she banged out her rehash of Labour’s press release.

I can, howeve,r and it took me just a few seconds to establish that David Shearer is lying, or being deliberately deceptive.   Read more »


“Leaked review contains a glistening turd” – Phil Quin

Labour’s Gould Review got leaked… and Phil Quin has had a read of it and he doesn’t mince words.

The Gould Review was a carnival of navel gazing. A joke.

Media attention has focussed, predictably, on disunity blah blah.  A complete sideshow. Cunliffe suffered no more caucus dissension than most other leaders in opposition, and significantly less than David Shearer who was shafted up hill and down dale. The bullshit about the Anyone But Cunliffe faction has never been properly refuted, ironically because its alleged members are too loyal to defend themselves. “Unity above all” is a catch-cry of the despotic. Anyway, I won’t win that argument.

However, the leaked review contains a glistening turd, namely the proposed Vetting Committee for the Labour list. Here it is without embellishment:

“One of the most criticised aspects of the last election was the process for selection of list candidates. The existing arrangements cannot be justified in terms of democratic practice or effective outcomes.
First, any Party members who get the support of 10 financial members of the Party should be able to nominate for consideration for a list position.
Second, nomination should be initially vetted by a central Vetting Committee appointed by the NZ Council. The Vetting Committee should consist of three experienced Party members who are not current members of the NZ Council or a Member of Parliament. The role of the Vetting Committee is to verify that the nominee qualifies under the rules, and to select 60 nominees for referral to the Moderating Committee that will allocate the place on the list to the nominees. All electorate candidates should also nominate for the list to ensure that candidates campaign for both the electorate and the Party. It was apparent in the last election that some electorate candidates did not campaign for the Party vote. The Vetting Committee should be aware of and give consideration to the Constitutional obligation for the Party list to reflect the diversity in the community, in particular gender, race and the regions.”   Read more »