Robertson can’t believe Shearer went with his suggestion
Claire Trevett agrees David Shearer is dead (fish) in the water.
It is one of the most absurd political juxtapositions in history, this bizarre contest between snapper and the spooks.
It began with the Prime Minister himself who announced more people were concerned about proposals to reduce the snapper take than by the GCSB Bill.
It was admittedly rather glib. It was also very clever politically.
It sparked indignant outrage on the left, which was of no bother to the Prime Minister. What he meant, probably with some truth, is that he only really cared about voters concerned about the snapper because those who were more concerned about the GCSB Bill were highly unlikely to vote National anyway.
Those particularly fevered about it are, naturally, the opponents of the GCSB Bill.
Little do they seem to suspect they are now playing into Key’s hands. As a result of the outrage, the snapper proposal continues to be controversial long after it would normally have subsided – which was at National conference when every minister in Cabinet, including Key, spat on it from a great height. Read more »