Shearer Gets Something Right

 NZ Herald

The NZ Herald editorial shows that perhaps David Shearer gat least got something right:

Mr Shearer’s speech suggested many of the lessons of Labour’s humiliating defeat last year have been learned. There will be a concerted attempt to regain the central territory once occupied so adroitly by Helen Clark. In that context, what was not in Mr Shearer’s address was as important as its focus.

Not once, for example, were the words “trade union” uttered. Neither did the National Party rate a mention.

Trade Unions cost Labour a lot of votes. They put up dud candidates who can’t win votes, often whom let National MPs increase their majority. They manipulate the list so good MPs like Stuart Nash and Kelvin Davis are out of parliament while proven vote losers and people who help brand Labour the Nasty Party like Fenton and Moroney stay in.

Shearer needs to get rid of the union dominance of Labour if he wants to be Prime Minister. His not mentioning unions in his first speech of the year was a great start.

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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.