Gordon Campbell and David Shearer

The other day there was a Gordon Campbell interview with Shearer published.

I really find it hard to fathom why Shearer thinks the global financial crisis and the Canterbury earthquakes were an ‘advantage’. I doubt you’ll find any patriotic Kiwi who would support that.

Danyl McLauchlan has also blogged this interview… but I reckon he missed some of the highlights that I would draw attention to.

On his upcoming speech:

The first one is obviously the most important because people are looking out for it.

On Small business:

I don’t think we’ve got the absolute answer

On National’s popularity:

They also had the advantage of the global financial crisis, the fact the earthquakes had hit and a whole bunch of other things that played to their advantage.

On extending Working For Families To Beneficiaries:

Is that the best way to do it? Why not a Universal Child Allowance? Why not a whole lot of things. I’m just throwing these out,

On Winston Peters:

I don’t see myself competing against Winston Peters. Winston Peters – and this is no disrespect to him, I’ve got a lot of respect for him – can go out on a limb much further than we would feel comfortable about doing. By doing that, he has an impact. Now, is that growing his vote substantially to the detriment of us ? Probably not. But what we can then do is come in and provide a moderate voice into that void. And that seems to me to be a useful thing that opposition parties can do in –

GC: That’s a perfect description of what I mentioned before – of using your potential partners as ideological outriders.

Exactly. And you’ve got it.

Most Vague Answer:

I’m not saying its not the right way to go.


I think if the electorate seat [provision] went, then 4% would.. Look, I’d like to have a look at it, to be perfectly honest. Because I also spent 4 and half years living in Jerusalem where I saw a Knesset absolutely and utterly …(he laughs and shrugs)

On China:

We’ve lived in a bipolar world before. I would argue this is a much more benign polar position than we had before.

Most Curious Answer On Iran:

If you were Iran sitting in the middle and looking across at the new found respect North Korea had….and I’m not in any way supporting the proliferation of nuclear arms… [At this point, Shearer asks to go off the record and chooses not to add anything further on this topic, beyond a call for engagement, rather than sabre rattling.]

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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.

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