Somali warlords are sooks compared with wharfies

David Shearer’s “back-story” is that he is the master negotiator, that he stood toe to toe with Somali warlords and negotiated with them.

Well they must be utter pansies when compared with wharfies and the Maritime Union, because Shearer doesn’t think there is anything he can do on the wharves:

Labour leader David Shearer says it’s not his place to interfere in the Ports of Auckland dispute.

Six weeks of negotiations have failed to secure a settlement between management and Maritime Union members.

Mr Shearer is facing criticism for not entering the debate, but says the two sides need to work it out for themselves.

“I don’t think they’re too far apart,” he says. “I’d like to think they can come together.

“If I thought my comments would make a difference to the resolution I would, but I think that’s something that’ll happen between the two parties, not with my involvement.”

Pretty sad indictment that the leader of the Labour party doesn’t think he can make a difference in a large union strike. There was a time that the leder of the Labour party could shut down this sort of nonsense with a phone call.


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    yes, just think how much different things would be if we still had Helen and Heather calling the shots….