David Shearer

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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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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