Shearer’s tall task

NZ Herald

Fran O’Sullivan explains why David Shearer will never deliver on his aspiration to be a one term PM:

Shearer will find it a tall task to persuade his comfortable colleagues that “doing the right thing for New Zealand” is worth sacrificing the amount of time their butts will be attached to the backseats of swish ministerial BMWs.

Let’s face it, the bevy of powerful Labour politicians that orchestrated Shearer’s leadership grab – the “anyone but Cunliffe” clique – have long held an attachment to power.

MPs such as Trevor Mallard, Phil Goff, and Annette King were also within the core group at the centre of the second-term Helen Clark Government that shamelessly dished out voter bribes to get back into power at the 2005 election.

Those bribes – expanding Working for Families and making student loans interest free – were always going to be fiscally unsustainable. Then-Finance Minister Michael Cullen knew this. But they got Clark her third term.

A leader who was prepared to go over the top in New Zealand’s best interests would also take an axe to this huge expansion of state munificence. But neither Shearer – nor John Key – will do this. Each man believes that stripping these bribes out would cost them the next election.

 


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  • Fergus

    I believe shaearer will not be PM, or the Labour party voted in next term…Because Shearer, their leader, made a “follow me” speech as he looked to head to the centre left ground, while stating that far left policy of more and new Tax..CGT and doing away with any tax cuts, $5000 threshhold. Also while the rest of his party was marching with the far left MUNZ etc at the waterfront. So shearer while SAYING he is moving to the centre is not, and his party are moving further lerft than he is. A leader needs people to inspire his team to follow. Seems he is in a queue by himself!

  • NX

    the second-term Helen Clark Government that shamelessly dished out voter bribes to get back into power at the 2005 election…..
    ……. Then-Finance Minister Michael Cullen knew this. But they got Clark her third term.

    Helen Clark was a terrible PM.  For the reason above & her secret agendas.

    Brash should’ve won in 2005. 

  • davewin

    Shearer and the Labour elite need to reconcile themselves to a six year journey to power. The first task is to get rid of the deadwood, and the problem is the Party will go with it. In 1984 the membership of the party was I believe close to 100000, with National just short of 50000. What are the memberships today?

    These members are the people you need to drive a party, not a pottle of University Numpties and Agitprop.

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