Getting noticed for the wrong reasons

The DomPost editorial is less than flattering for David Shearer, it seems he is getting noticed for all the wrong reasons:

 When David Shearer became Labour leader at the end of last year, he touted himself as a fresh face for the party and promised a “fresh vision for New Zealand”. So far, his face has barely been seen by most of the voting public and his vision, if there is one, remains hidden from view.

More than two months after he took over from Phil Goff after Labour’s disastrous election defeat, Mr Shearer is yet to give any meaningful indication of what he stands for, what his aspirations for New Zealand are and what he would do differently from Prime Minister John Key to achieve them. Mr Shearer is in danger of wasting the honeymoon traditionally enjoyed by new party leaders unless he starts espousing his vision and policies to back it before much more of the parliamentary year ticks away.

He also has the Mallard issue which he hasn’t even dealt with. Right now ‘Trademe’ Mallard will be feeling emboldened.

Of course by dealing emphatically with Mallard, Shearer could show some much needed backbone but also had a nasty ally to Grant Robertson who is quietly taking over anyway with the hiring of the staff.


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  • Hakim of phut

    Which party has had a bad week in the polls, so the answer is Labour  is on the wrong track ??
    Shearer is not going to be jumping into every puddle to help the DP sell newspapers

  • Gazzaw

    Not only has Shearer beeni invisible, there is zero profile for labour. Nothing on POAL, inadequate opposition to the Crafar farm sale. Mallard & his ticket scams has been the biggest issue featuring labour. Nothing will happen while the old guard and Robertson continue to hold the cards. In other words labour’s fucked & just sitting on their collective arses while the greens continue to steal their constituents.     

  • Tristanb

    David Murdoch says:
    “Rheumatic fever for example is a disease we shouldn’t see at all in New Zealand. It’s been increasing … almost exclusively in Maori and Pacific population, so that’s a national embarrassment in itself that we still have this issue.”

    Umm, so it’s exclusively Maori and Pacific, so it’s a national embarrassment?!?

    Surely it’s embarrassing for Maori and PIers, but why is that embarrassing for me? It just shows that a culture that “embraces the past” and has oversized families is not a good one for health.

    If you’re in the islands, fine, laze around as much as you can, play volleyball on the beach, sing songs every night, spend money on your church. But you’ve got to accept that doing these things comes with consequences!

  • Guestosterone

    david who?

  • Euan Rt

    So Peters and Shearer had dinner the other night. Was it in a public restaurant? If so why is their conversation private as recorded in the Herald? We should all know what they are getting up to.

  • Dr Wang

    Yes…but stick him in front of a couple of Somali war-lords and watch him do his stuff. Wow, he is (so we’re told) very impressive!!

    PS Can’t wait!

    • Euan Rt

      Warlords? Do you mean like those dudes at Waitangi the other day? He does though have an amazing weapon; he can put almost anyone to sleep by opening his mouth, ’cause it takes him so long to complete a sentence.

    • Hakim of phut

      Key was the one who ran away at Waitangi……get me out here

      • Euan Rt

        Who mentioned Key? Does he haunt you at night ‘phut’? I was talking about warlords!

      • Agent BallSack

        Most Kiwis think it was unwise of him to attend in the first place. Only Fucktards are welcome on that Marae, which is why Shearer got bowed over like the great white god he is. Oh no, thats right they just want Labour in power because National sure as hell aint gonna give them more dosh. Poor misunderstood Maori activists.

      • Agent BallSack

        Also, why did Key leave? It wasn’t because he looked around and said there’s too many brown faces here, I don’t like it. Gee from memory its because a bunch of fucking idiots with no respect for the Government or its elect decided to (again) hijack what is laughably New Zealand day. Why dont you go to a Mongrel Mob party Hakim, then when it starts getting exciting, wait around…for your throat to be cut.

      •  “get me out here”

        I presume you meant “get me out of here: HoP, which would probably be the most sensible thing you’ve ever said here. Take your own advice.

      • Phar Lap

        Well done John Key for going to that hellhole,where the password is courage.At least our glorious PM went there. The “lady  “Helen Clark decided to not go there, and for some reason or other it seems to  have conveniently slipped your mind.

      • Euan Rt

        Helen Clark was a lady?

  • Kosh103

    And yet Labour is up, David is up. National is down and John is down.

    Guess we know who the Dom supports.

    • Jester

      Kosh, when you are at the bottom of the barrel the only way you can go is up.

      • Kosh103

        And when you are on top the only way is down.

      • Yes, David Shearer hit an absolutely huge 10% preferred Prime Minister… More people voted Green than think Shearer would be a good PM. He’s got a long way to go if he ever thinks he’ll be chairing a Cabinet meeting.

    • Sarrs

      That is true but, as it stands right now, the polls don’t have an impact on who is in Government. They are getting the unpopular decisions and policy out of the way early so that for they can prove the worth of said unpopular decisions and policy and reel the voters back in the next two years. 

      Labour started a school closure scheme that saw Invercargill lose around 6 primary and intermediate schools. As the policy proceeded up the country and the election got closer, the scheme was abandoned somewhere around Dunedin or Oamaru. 

      National should be aware the same could happen to them if they don’t show positive results post asset sales etc. 

      • jay cee

        thats what i suspcted too. get the bad stuff out of the way early so by the time 2014 rolls around it will be history. if 2 weeks is a long time in politics 2 1/2 yrs
        must be an eternity.

      • Kosh103

        I think it is the start of a trend. Expect to see National fall more. They dont have to fall by very much by the next election to be unable to govern. Remember, they are currently in power by a small margin.

      • Sarrs

        Kosh – we shall wait and see, positive outcomes from unpopular policy are a huge popularity spinner but getting those outcomes is the hard part. If they fail, then they deserve to be kicked out next term. 

        I’m not a gambler, I’m not even a speculator. You never know what’s around the corner. 

      • Jester

        Totally agree Sarrs. Its still abit early to be celebrating Labours comeback party. Although the prophet of doom brothers Phut and Kosh are prime examples of whats wrong with this country. Even if a policy or platform was a positive to NZ they would rubbish it because they operate from a position of envy.

        Sad, envious little motherfuckers!

      • Euan Rt

        Yep. I agree too Sarrs. A bit early to be putting the champagne in the fridge yet kosh. Still two and a half years of awesome leadership to go before the next chance we have to vote more of the same.

      • Kosh103

        Oh sarrs. Once it becomes clear that flogging off the assets to pay the bills is a failed idea, and the mismanagement of the economy continues, I think we will see the trend for National continue.

  • AnonWgtn

    Anybody watching Grunty Robertson putting his Rainbow friends (not only boys) into high places, to support his takeover – ?? before Christmas ?? or early next year.
    Come back Silent T.- too late though.
    Can’t stop – it’s already well under way.
    Watch this space.

  • Strange this – like the sun coming up each day – I would have thought that anyone who takes any notice of our Australian owned media could have told you this would happen months ago.

  • Kosh103

    Oh my – awesome leadership? Really? How drunk are you Euan? Key is causing great harm to the country and this to you is awesome?

    Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. LMAO

    • Euan Rt

      Yes kosh awesome! A man with balls and vision. Not flip flopping like your man showing the most pathetic leadership, leaving any momentum available to be gained by winston and the greens. Harm? That is reds under the bed stuff kosh. You know full well that sales of assets were uncontrolled under past labour govts, selling 100% stakes in our assets and I bet you would have been going ra.ra.ra go my team. Yes kosh JK is showing the ability to balance the books in a hard place, and not selling off ‘all’ our assets as your camp keeps on going on about. Your paranoia is not too dissimilar to the others here who keep going on about homosexual marriage as if the universe is about to go out of kilter. No and no, These controlled asset sales will provide relief and allow us to continue our ride through these tough times in a healthy state.

      • Kosh103

        I was against it when Labour did it as I am when National carried it on, and are doing now.

        Selling the assets was a mistake then, and it still is. But blind fools like you just see red team blue team.

      • Balanced View

        Well said Kosh. I am shocked at how prevalent the red team blue team curse is in society. Perhaps with so many sheep around we have begun to act like them.