Re-heating policy – An unmitigated disaster

David Shearer’s farm sales blunder is totally inexcusable. In fact it is an unmitigated disaster.

On top of the many mistakes in his proposed bill which I have already blogged about, a bit of hunting through the archives, reveals that Labour’s “fresh” Leader with “fresh vision” is simply reheating a policy that Phil Goff announced in October 2010.

It looks very much like Shearer’s simply grabbed a Bill that was in Phil’s top draw and claimed it as his own.

What’s even more unforgivable, is that Goff got himself in all sorts of strife with the announcement, because he didn’t have hard details of how it would work, and couldn’t say whether or not it would be consistent with CER.

Having seen this policy bomb once before, it’s inexcusable that Shearer and his office would make mistakes the second time around.

David Shearer will now be wondering whether or not he needs to micro-manage his staffers in the Leaders Office because they couldn’t even do a simple find/replace on an old re-heated policy. It is either micro-management or constantly checking over your shoulder for approaching knife-men such is the ineptness of the policy. You really do wonder if it was deliberate.

What is more concerning however is the fact that he and the “team” in his office think they can get away with such re-heats without anyone noticing. it is either th

Here’s the clip where Goff was forced to admit CER would have to be renegotiated. Note he uses the same lines that Shearer is now using to describe the re-jig of policy.

It’s quite pathetic really. I thought David Shearer would be better than this.


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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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