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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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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