Heard it all before

I thought I’d heard David Shearer talk about a New New a New Zealand before.

A quick hunt through my archives reveals this was the slogan he dreamed up on the hoof during his campaign to be leader.

What I also discovered, is that Shearer’s new plan to review the tax giveaways that Labour was proposing at the last election was something that David Cunliffe announced during that same Leadership campaign.

And of course David Parker confirmed earlier this week that Labour was sticking with its Mickey Mouse Capital Gains Tax so neither of these big announcements from Shearer are ‘new at all’.

Then comes Shearer’s claim that farming is a sunset industry and we should have a ‘clever’ economy. Well it turns out this rhetoric isn’t new either, I found a clip from Trevor Mallard in 1996 talking about exactly the same stuff. Labour had nine years in office to deliver – and utterly failed.

Dismal reheated rubbish, after a bungled policy launch that saw Shearer propose stripping environmental protections from land sales legislation, this has not been a good week for the Labour Leader.

He should go back to being Invisible.

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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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