David Shearer

Some of my Labour sources disagree about my post on Annette King

A couple of my Labour sources have emailed and suggested I missed a few signals that Annette King’s continued candidacy sends.

Loved your post on Rongotai, but I wonder if you missed the steaming turd atop the turd-pile. This is being seen internally as a massive repudiation of Little. Handing him Rongotai — where he fucking lives! — would have been a vote of confidence in Little and the surest sign to date that the Grantistas have made peace with him as leader. By doing the opposite, it is clear they still regard him as a stopgap figure at best. This should be read as a sign that Little  is far more vulnerable than he appears.

Any word on coming polls? The Nats should top 50, surely.

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Hooton on the extreme left cuckoos in Labour’s nest

Matthew Hooton explains how it is that Labour has allowed itself to be hijacked.

My friend Matt McCarten, now Andrew Little’s chief of staff, introduced me to the word “entrism” some years ago.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, it means “the policy or practice of joining an organisation with the intention of subverting its aims and activities.”

“Entrism” was first used by 1930s French Trotskyists when dissolving their own radical organisations and joining moderate parties to steer them towards Leninism. It became recognised in English in the 1960s and 1970s to describe the subversion of the UK Labour Party by Militant Tendency, which the party then spent 20 years eradicating to make itself electable again.

Since its election defeat in 2008 and the departure to New York of the firm hand of Helen Clark and Heather Simpson, the New Zealand Labour Party has been the latest victim of the tactic. In the past fortnight, that has reached fruition ,with Labour’s lurch to the extreme left over the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and its abandonment of the middle ground over student fees.

While the moderate centre of the party – as personified by Phil Goff, David Shearer, David Parker, Stuart Nash, Clayton Cosgrove, Peeni Henare and Kelvin Davis – plan to launch an offensive against the party’s direction in May, they have no chance of success.

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Media Party fans of Andrew Little turn on him in unison

They simply can’t spin Angry Andy’s stupidity.  Audrey Young writes:

Three guesses who Labour’s trade spokesman is …

David Shearer? No, foreign affairs (at least he still was last night).

Grant Robertson? No, finance.

Phil Goff? No, defence.

All three having been talking trade this week, but no.

Three more guesses.

David Parker? No, he was it when David Cunliffe was leader.

Clayton Cosgrove? No, he was it when David Shearer was leader.

Maryan Street? No, she was it when Phil Goff was leader, and is out of Parliament anyway.

Get the picture?

No wonder Labour’s messages have been anything but clear.

It is in fact Dunedin MP and former reverend David Clark, and has been since last November in Andrew Little’s first-anniversary reshuffle.

But the Trans-Pacific Partnership is far too major an issue at present to be handled by Clark.

For the next few months, Little himself and Robertson will be de facto trade spokesmen.

On National’s side, too, Steven Joyce is doing the heavy lifting instead of the new Trade Minister, Todd McClay.

This past week, without doubt, has been Little’s worst week as leader.

This isn’t unexpected.  Last year was the honeymoon period.  It was the time to jettison bad ideas dreamt up by Cunliffe and those who failed over the election.  It was time for “review” and “consolidation” and “listening”. Read more »

Shearer should have told Little to stick it

Andrew Little is a fool. He has demanded that David Shearer apologise to the Labour caucus for daring to have an opinion.

Labour leader Andrew Little instructed his foreign affairs spokes, David Shearer, to apologise to the caucus over comments to the media this week on the Trans Pacific Partnership.

But Mr Shearer will keep his foreign affairs spokesmanship.

There is an implicit suggestion that if Mr Shearer again expresses support for the TPP, he will lose his plum role.

Mr Shearer told the Herald on Wednesday that he still supported the TPP – the day after the caucus retreat in Wairarapa decided to oppose the TPP.

“I have spoken with David and he has agreed his comments were careless and did not represent the decision made by the caucus,” Mr Little said in a statement.

“I instructed him to apologise to his colleagues and he has done so.

“He has assured me that he will now abide by the caucus position.”

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Labour’s leaders on the TPPA

Arts, lifestyle and travel blogger David Farrar is blogging like he used to.

The frigid polar air has done him wonders.

Last night he posted this image:

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Labour can’t even be consistent: Goff can have his own opinion, but Shearer is to be censured

The Labour Party is now tearing itself apart over the TPPA.

Phil Goff is opposed to Labour’s stance and has been given free rein to oppose Labour’s stance, but not so for David Shearer.

Labour MP David Shearer is set to be censured for breaking the Labour line on the Trans-Pacific Partnership after speaking out in support of the trade agreement.

Labour leader Andrew Little would not outline possible sanctions or comment on whether Mr Shearer could be stripped of his foreign affairs portfolio.

“There is a range of options. I don’t want to go into any of them, but it is important he understands, and that every caucus member understands, that caucus collective responsibility is real and it’s got to stand for something.”

It follows comments Mr Shearer made to the Herald in support of the TPP, just days after Labour’s caucus had decided it would oppose any legislation required for the TPP. The sanctions could depend on Mr Shearer’s willingness to back down from his stance and are likely to range from a reprimand and apology to being stripped of his portfolio and demoted. As foreign affairs spokesman, Mr Shearer sits on the foreign affairs select committee which will be considering the TPP.    Read more »

Labour’s caucus splits over TPPA

Andrew Little announced what we have long suspected: that he and the Labour Party are opposed to a trade agreement that will grow our economy, reduce trade barriers and give us access to much larger markets for our products.

But there is a wrinkle…it looks like that decision has split their caucus and Phil Goff, at least, will cross the floor, and David Shearer may also join in the insurrection.

Two senior Labour MPs have broken ranks with the party line and declared their support for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), amid rumours that at least one, Phil Goff, could cross the floor of Parliament to vote with National if Labour opposes enabling legislation.

The issue was hotly debated at the Labour caucus retreat in Wairarapa this week.

Labour has joined the campaign to oppose the deal as the focus turns to the signing in Auckland next week.

Mr Goff, a former leader and former Trade Minister and now an Auckland mayoral candidate, and David Shearer, also a former Labour leader, last night told the Herald they both still supported the TPP.

Mr Goff said the deal should be signed.   Read more »

David Shearer on Muslim immigration

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Former Labour leader David Shearer also panned Trump’s comments.

Labour Party foreign affairs spokesman David Shearer said they were “moronic” and undermined the United States’ reputation for religious freedom.

“I think it’s likely to play into the hands of the very people he is worried about,” Mr Shearer told the Herald. Read more »

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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