Helpings of humble pie and lashing of contrition coming up

All those Labour MPs who went round saying their policy prescription in 2011 was the ducks nuts are going to have some serious humble pie to eat. I doubt they will though because butter wouldn’t melt in their mouths. David Shearer certainly appears to be rolling back Goff’s “game changer” policies:

“We still think a capital gains tax is something that’s good for New Zealand but I’m not so sure about some of the others,” he said.

And this guy went out all guns blazing today claiming the Government doesn’t know what it’s doing.



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  • Lindsay

    “Some of the others…”

    Promising to extend the IWTC to beneficiary families was sheer desperation and a 180 degree turn on their long held and defended position. What it said about the party was just about as bad as the policy itself.

    • Agree wholeheartedly Lindsay. And the pity is that Josie Pagani, who would actually be a not-too-bad MP IMHO has probably burned her bridges with Labour by publicly commenting on how difficult it was toi sell the policy. Honesty doesn’t pay where the NZLP is concerned.

      • jay cee

        yep sure did marylin waring and milke minogue under national a lot of good too

  • Phar Lap

    Shearer is just another carpetbagger MP with nothing to offer except picking the pocket of
     the NZ taxpayer.Shearer has led a life of privilege even going to Buckingham Palice to receive a medal for what?Late last year he called for NZ to be a republic.What a creepy hypocrite,a medal in one hand and a republic in the other.

  • Guest

    Labour – who gives a shit

    The next govt will be a National / Conservative coalition. And the one after that.

    So who gives a shit about Labour?

    • Anonymous

      Hopefully, you’re right. 
      It’s very likely that the Winston First party’s support will collapse back to around 1% or so. It’s also possible (maybe even likely) that the Greens’ support will gradually drop back – especially if they get some backlash as more people find out that so-called “manmade global warming” is nonsense.   

    • Balanced View

      Let’s not get complacent, right vs left vote For represented parties was only won by the right by about 30,000 votes, so will only require a swing vote of half that. With uncertainty around the future existence of both ACT and UF, and a difficult economy set to continue, I would suggest that the left will be favorites to take out the next election.
      Whale has got it right, campaign aggressively for the entire three years or else face a real prospect of Shearer being the next PM

      • AnonWgtn

        Yes I agree, but only if Labour go to bed with the Greenpeace party as on their own they will still not have the numbers.
        And Greenpeace will extract their “POUND” of flesh. Norman has already said he wants Deputy PM and finance.

  • Peter Wilson

    I presume National will have a database somewhere of the various quotes supporting idiotic policies like the CGT and increasing the age for Superannuation.

  • Kosh103

    The National Govt doesnt know what it is doing.

    • Anonymous

      Maybe so, bit still a better option than a Labour govt that doesn’t know its ass from its elbow (and would charge you a hefty fee so they could try and figure it out).

      • Kosh103

        I would rather a Govt that wasnt so keen on selling everything that isnt bolted down in order to save its arse, and then hoping that was enough to do it.

  • Peter Wilson

    The thing is, it’s fine to admit you’re wrong; but not after 3 months. Labour says it got the policies of the 80s wrong, and that’s ok, it’s 25 years down the track.

    You lose all credibility when you hang your hat on something and backtrack when you lose an election. Don’t forget, they are claiming the left block only just lost and national has no mandate. You can’t have it both ways.

    • Alex

      I think the denial of the 80s is just Labour’s problem — it’s the root cause of their policy schizophrenia.  While Clark was in power, they were saying to domestic audiences how awful the free market reforms were and pinning the blame on National and Richardson; while internationally Labour’s ministers were on overseas junkets telling the world how marvellous the NZ experiment with free markets has been.