A Brighter Future?

David Shearer delivered a competent speech this morning in front of the teleprompter. Delivered in a swanky upmarket club in Labour’s Wellington stronghold he could only muster one member of his caucus to witness his “vision”.

However it was the stand ups afterwards that have caused him problems again.

When Labour fan-boi John Hartevelt calls it for Key for the head to head speech battle then you know you are in deep trouble. Even Tracy Watkins is underwhelmed.

But perhaps the most egregious part of the whole exercise for David Shearer was his use of National’s slogan.

It was at the stand ups afterwards that have caused him problems again.

In his media conference after the speech he uses the phrase Brighter Future, not once, but twice – and that was after the media had called him on it. To be fair to Duncan Garner who seems a little touchy today, it was him who called out Shearer for the use of National’s slogan.

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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.