David Shearer

Hosking on why it is so important to Chillax

One of the repeated bits of feedback I had during the Dirty Politics affair is that I seemed to be so relaxed about it.  Sure, I was trying to limit the damage that was caused by media having a party with my private communications, but I didn’t flip out.   Not much point to it.  Hosking is onto it as well

And in creative pursuits enjoying the ride is the key.

Because people can see and feel when you’re enjoying the ride, and having them see and feel that, is the key to success, or at least part of it.

I tell you this because I see it these days in David Shearer, which is why I am sad he’s not running for the big job.

I saw it in David Shearer before he got the big job last time, and that’s why I backed him. When you listen to Shearer you hear a likeable, intelligent bloke who’s done a lot of amazing things.

But after he got the job, all that seemed to vanish, he coiled into a spring and started stuttering.

He started mincing and mixing his words. He started sounding like he was on medication and couldn’t remember what he was saying or what day it was.

The joy had gone and the spin doctors had invaded his brain.

Leadership is as much a creative pursuit as painting a picture or writing lyrics.

You have to be at one with yourself, you have to be at peace. Your life has to have solid foundations, you have to have a life outside what it is you’re doing creatively.

When you have that, you are free. When you are free, and you have a vision and a goal, you are unstoppable … until you start second guessing yourself and letting it all get on top of you.

Once David lost the job, he vanished for a while … but has now re-emerged the old David.

And in talking to him on Tuesday on Newstalk ZB about why he wasn’t running this time, there he was, old David, carefree David. Articulate, thoughtful intelligent David.

If only he could have taken old David with him into that job and stayed that way, it might have been so different.

In a party full of contenders that really only have a passing acquaintance with the real world, a dose of normality is desperately required.

And David Shearer could have been that dose.

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Circus? More like a party of clowns

Labour's leadership contest has become a Carnival of CLowns

Labour’s leadership contest has become a Carnival of Clowns

Vernon Small chokes down a bite of dead rat and writes about the state of his beloved Labour party that in his mind at least has become like a circus.

By rights the political debate should be focused on the Government’s handling of two things.

How does it meet its self- imposed need to do something alongside traditional allies and friends in Iraq and Syria without getting too deeply embroiled in the war against Islamic State?

And how will John Key make a dent in the number of children in poverty, given the Government’s pre-eminent focus on work as the best route out of poverty?

That begs the obvious question: what about the large number of working poor? And how out of tune was Bill English with his view that planning laws and local government rules were the main cause of poverty because they drive up house prices?

But then along came Andrew Little, Nanaia Mahuta, David Shearer and the whole Labour three-ringed circus to demand its place in the limelight.

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Ask them anything…hmm..OK, how about these questions?


The Labour Party is running an Ask Them Anything question session of the four leadership contenders.

Labour have been deadset useless for way to long which makes politics boring. We need Labour to muscle up and start being more fun as they are handicapped at the moment. So lets help them by asking some sensible questions. Feel free to submit any of these yourself.

Q. Why hasn’t Labour been able to raise any money since Mike “Fat Tony” Williams retired?

Q. What do the internal polls say about whether New Zealand will vote for a gay party leader?

Q. Where do you stand on corporate welfare?

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Now where was THIS David Shearer when the Labour party needed him?


“It’s really important that Labour is seen to be a party that is diverse in all its mixes, and what the front bench looks like is up to the leader,” says Ms Mahuta. “Right now I’m saying, I’m putting my hand up.”

All three leadership contenders are white men – Grant Robertson, David Parker and Andrew Little. Mr Little has been saying he wants a female deputy, effectively a man ban, though he doesn’t like that term.

But former leader David Shearer says male voters are king. Read more »

An interesting perspective on Martyn Martin Bradbury and the looney left

I actually don’t care too much about what those on the left say or don’t say about me. Mostly their blogs are the sound of one hand clapping.

However they do have an audience, albeit a shrinking one.

I generally can’t be bothered analysing Martyn Martin Bradbury, mostly because he is just wrong. But others have done that and I think this is one of the better posts about him.

It is called the Daily Poison.

In recent history according to Martyn Bradbury, the Labour Party failed to win the election because the Party was disloyal to David Cunliffe and too far to the right. Those “Neo-Libs” sleeping under the deck, who want to pander to middle “Nu Zillind” are to be the death of the party.

In saying this Bomber not only insults the intelligence of those in the centre, and the intelligence of those to his right, who include Joseph Stalin and Helen [sic] Kelly, he also embodies everything that is poisonous within the Labour Party and the politics that has failed to win the past three elections.

Cunliffe’s lack of trust in those around him came from his inability to lead effectively, which in my view, resulted from his being elected against the wishes of the caucus team that he was to lead.

The lack of loyalty he received is a simple consequence in the lack of loyalty Cunliffe showed to his predecessor’s, Phil Goff and David Shearer.

My mum always told me that you should treat others as you would like to be treated yourself, and, possibly more apt in Cunliffe’s situation, you reap what you sow. Wise lady, my mum.

In constantly planting the seeds of disloyalty prior to taking on the leadership David Cunliffe was doomed by his own hand and now that he has pulled out of the race to be leader, he should pull his head out of his backside and resign from parliament.

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The incredibly wonky, topsy, turvy world of Greg Presland

David Cunliffe acolyte, trustee and launderer of donation cash through Cunliffe’s secret trust, flea lawyer and blogger at The Standard is going full retard this morning.

Now that his messiah is nothing but a stinking, rotting, political corpse he is unleashing on the enemies of the left.

Suddenly I have some more independence.  Instead of people thinking I am some sort of mouthpiece I can just be myself and say what I think.

I would like to start with this new feeling of independence by saying to David Shearer that the thing that really drives activists wild is when our MPs say stupid things to the media that reinforce right wing narratives about the Labour Party.  Please do not do this.  If you feel the urge to do this please just be quiet.  The right will still use their framing but at least the effect will be reduced because people in our party will not be saying the same thing.

And there is Greg Presland aka Micky Savage doing what socialist and Labour people do best…threatening silence on dissent, not because the message is inherently evil but because it doesn’t fit their narrative or world view. This over-riding belief that people who have different views should be silenced is part of Labour’s problems not a solution.

And another thing, going on Paul Henry’s show and talking to him about Labour’s internal politics is not a good thing to do.  He is not a friend of the party.  He is actually a real @#&*%^&+.  He does not have the party’s best interests in mind and any Labour MP getting an invite to appear on his show should decline the opportunity.  And yes I know that David Cunliffe appeared on his show.  The things we do …

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Get out, and don’t come back

David Shearer isn’t best pleased with David Cunliffe, the man who undermined his leadership.

He has told him to quit politics and parliament altogether, a sentiment I endorse.

David Cunliffe is a vainglorious, drop kick, loser who lives in a parallel universe inside an echo chamber…he should go. His cancerous persona is eating alive Labour from the inside out.

Labour MP David Shearer has ruled out trying to get his old job back but has sent a blunt message to David Cunliffe to get out of Parliament altogether, saying as long as he was there he would be a lightning rod for speculation over the leadership.

Mr Cunliffe announced yesterday he was pulling out of the leadership contest and throwing his support behind Andrew Little instead. He will stay on as an MP and hoped to play a senior role.

Mr Shearer said last night he had decided not to put his name forward, leaving a contest between Mr Little, Grant Robertson and David Parker. Nominations for the leadership close today and the candidates will kick off the first of 14 meetings for members tomorrow.

Mr Shearer said he would have preferred it for the new leader’s sake if Mr Cunliffe had stayed in the race and lost. “I think it would have been easier for whoever wins if he had stood and lost. It would be a cleaner break for whoever takes over. His followers undermined Phil Goff and myself and I think he continues to be a presence that will make it difficult for a new leader.”

He said if Mr Cunliffe had lost this would have sent a clear message to his supporters, rather than let them have the impression he could have won if he hadn’t withdrawn. He was also disappointed with Mr Cunliffe’s decision to stay on as an MP. “It would be easier for the new leader if he decided to move on.”

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All they need now is Goff to stand

Labour's leadership contest has become a Carnival of CLowns

Labour’s leadership contest has become a Carnival of CLowns

Labour’s leadership spill is fast becoming a farce, like the whole party really.

Labour talks boldly of their membership, but outside of the unions fake membership numbers there are actually precious few members. Certainly nowhere near the numbers the National party has.

Those members though are the hard core, and seriously deluded activists. They drank all the koolaid and everytime there is a new leader they enthusiastically tell everyone that this guy is the “game-changer” that will rid the nation of John Key.

Phil Goff was smarter than Key, better in debates…and choked on “Show me the Money”. David Shearer apparently saved 50 million people while John Key made $50 million, and had a fabulous back story, but was wholly unprepared for back-stabbing inside his own caucus. David Cunliffe of course was the new messiah for Labour, the man to take them back left, the Slayer of Key, the Man, the Chosen One, anointed by the party membership and ultimately a vainglorious idiot who got his beans at the election.

So far David Cunliffe has decided to have one last sally forth to lead Labour. Grant Robertson who has destabilised three leaders now wants his crack at the job. Andrew Little, a man so unelectable he keeps losing in his home town also wants a crack.

To add misery to the leadership spill the man who got his leg over with the wife of a Labour icon and recent stroke victim is now putting his hand up for the leadership despite being the architect of all the failed policies that voters rejected. No doubt we will be told he is a nice guy (as if we can believe that given his personal background), a man with a big brain, but not as big as a planet because David Cunliffe has got that one covered. The problem is for David Parker, quite part from his personal life, is that the narrative just doesn’t work. In politics, nice guys finish last.

Which now leads onto the joke that David Shearer is now trying to resurrect his leadership aspirations, bringing the number of leadership aspirants to five.    Read more »

I bet the decision to stand was ‘Not given lightly’…

The Labour leadership spill is already a farce and yesterday it became more of a farce with strong rumours that acting, temporary leader David Parker will also enter the race.

Will he now stand down and hand of the acting temporary leadership to another hapless fool?

The Labour leadership will be a four-way race when David Parker throws his hat in the ring today.

It is a change of heart from Parker, Labour’ s finance spokesman and acting leader since David Cunliffe stepped down, who had previously ruled out standing. Insiders suggest his about-turn is a response to the party tearing itself apart in recent weeks.

But the move could also be a case of Parker driving a stake in the ground after the emergence of dark horse candidate Andrew Little.

Little launched his bid by signalling he’d dismantle Parker’s flagship economic policies including raising the pension age and a capital gains tax.

Parker is popular with the party and carries mana within the Labour caucus and will take votes away from caucus favourite Grant Robertson.

But Little’s targeting of contentious policies such as raising the pension age, free doctor’s visits for over 65s and a capital gains tax, has resonated with many in the party.

Parker has put up his hand for the leadership previously but withdrew, in part because of concerns over headlines about his personal life.   Read more »

Kiwi troops unlikely to be killing actual ISIS bad guys

It seems we’re going in to help our friends beat those ISIS idiots into submission.  John Key is just slowly softening up the public.

Prime Minister John Key has dropped further hints about what the SAS will do if he sends them into Iraq to fight the Islamic State.

He says it is unlikely to be frontline combat, but instead identifying targets for the other forces to bomb.

“I’m aghast at that [the violence of Islamic State],” says Mr Key. “It’s barbaric, and there is a point at which people need to take steps to stop that.”

And so continue our proud tradition of going to help those that need it in the hope that when we ever need help, we’ll receive it from those we stood next to.

“I can see no reason why New Zealand would want to put boots on the ground in Iraq,” says Labour’s David Shearer. “There is a pretty good chance that our people could come home in body bags.”

That’s particularly galling coming from Shearer.  He knows better than that.  What a sell-out.

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