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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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.  And 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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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

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