Somebody should show leadership

Here’s the full car crash David Shearer interview with Larry Williams on the Ports of Auckland issue.

I can’t believe this got so bad that Mr Invisible suggested “somebody” should show some leadership.

Given that Labour gets funding and support from this union, you would have thought that’s what he’s paid for.

Shearer is simply repeating the Maritime Union’s lies on port productivity. I blogged about it in February

It is a union lie that Auckland is second most productive port in Australasia. In order of productivity:
1. Tauranga
3. Wellington

Listen now to Shearer’s appalling interview.


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  • ConwayCaptain

    This bloke is a WAFFLER.  He should take elocution lessons.

    He doesnt know what the hell is going on.

    Who else on the front bench have we got????  Robertson, Socialist Cindy???  Not one with any business experience.  All good oxygen wasters

  • JeffW2

    I heard the interview live, and it was bad. The problem for Shearer could be that he doesn’t believe in what the Union has done in the way of blackmail and job destruction, but as Labour leader he is expected to support them. Phil Goff had the same problem – expected to espouse policies reflecting 50s class warfare rather than economic reality.

    • Pete George

      Union thinking:

      “This is a 1951 type campaign by the bosses to destroy the unions and
      ride roughshod over workers rights and all resistance to total
      domination of the economy. Unless the working class rises up to stop it
      welcome to the rip, shit and bust return to the colonial 1890s.”
      – Red Dave Brown

  • joe bloggs

    Shearer showed all the strength and substance of day-old dirty dish-water in this interview

    He comes across as completely out of touch, and un-informed. He’s got no grasp of the productivity issues at POAL whatsoever, and no understanding of what the council can and cannot do, no understanding of the nine (count them – 9) different offers that POAL have put to the union, all of which have been rejected out of hand.

    Frankly he’s not a leader – he’s a stammering, stuttering embarrassment and a credit to the Vast Right Wing and non-Labour Left Wing Conspiracy that got him elected in the first place.

  • Grizz30

    I think this is an example of the Rudd effect. Someone more popular with the voters is hated by the rest of the caucus so the less popular and less capable person is the leader because most of caucus think they could better work with him.

  • Macca

    Shearer keeps banging the union drum about how much this is going to cost the tax payer and how ineficient the port will be under casualisation!

    Question:  How much has it cost the tax payer with all this unrest sinse before Christmas?

    How much did it cost the Auckland businesses in lost revenue from not being able to get their goods on the shelves?   How much taxation for the country was lost from those potential sales?

    And how much more profitable would the port have been had it not been loosing 25 million a year on average for the last 10 years due to this continual union unrest and agitation?

    Final question – Had the union reached a settlement – what garauntee that its still not going to cost another 25 million a year for the next ten years?  Imagine what their poor productivity must cost?

  • Apolonia

    I think he represents Labour well. He’s useless.
    His problem is the wicked witch of the west has been in town undermining him.

    • Gazzaw

      I wonder what part the union faction is playing? She who grins like a Cheshire cat over Shearer’s shoulder in parliament, Fenton by name, is a leading light on the picket lines. What does she and her fellow unionist parliamentary comrades think about
      their  leader’s apparent ambivalence over this dispute?

      As predicted Shearer’s appointment is a major cockup. Labour has to be gutsy enough and act now by appointing Cunliffe if they are to have any hope at all in 2014. Cunners, detestable bastard that he is would have been all over the government with this issue at a time when they are busy enough justifying the partial assets sale. Labour has to get back to its uncompromising grassroots even if it means decimating the rainbow & liberal factions.       

      • joe bloggs

        Yes he’s pretty much hung Fenton out to dry during this whole affair

  • Cobolt

    OMG how awful could it get? Utterly uninformed, and a patsy to deal with. Williams just walked right over him and wiped his feet.

    Cantliff would have to be working his numbers now. I’d give Shearer another 2 months as leader at most. What’s ipredict got on the subject…

  • ConwayCaptain

    What we have now is that the Parliamentarty Labour Party is ‘led’ by a waffler, its front bench are a bunch of has beens or professional pollies with no real experinece.  A Labour Party that has been munted by its “bright shining light in Akl” Aunty Len.

    A union movement that is now a shadow of its former self with dinosaurs like Kelly and Parsloe in charge.

    • thor42

      True, CC. The scary thing, though, is that even with all of that, they could still sneak a win in the 2014 elections. I very much hope I’m wrong……

      • ConwayCaptain

        Correct Thor there was an item about this on ZJim Mora’s programme t’other day.

        If the Greens, Mana, Maori get enough they could push the left partys in. Whether Labour would be the majority I know not.

        What can national do???  Hope ACT gets its act together and gets more than one seat???  Hope that the Conserv atives can get in at the next election or work with Winston

      • Cobolt

         I don’t think it matters so much what Maori, Mana, Greens etc do. They, and Labour, just canibalise the vote off each other. It’s whether National stays centre enough to keep the majority of swing voters.
        If the right wants a better opportunity at staying in power I think a new Moderate Green type party needs to form. One which has a centrist economic view but still advocates for the environment.

  • Lofty

     Oh FFS, I was embarressed just listening to this stammering, waffling temporary front person.

    Still a long way to go for this bunch to win back “middle” (whatever that is) NZ.

    Long may he remain the face of the opposition.

  • Euan Rt

    I’m interested that noone seems to have taken a position on the ‘bad faith’ of the unions holding consecutive strike action during negotiations. Surely this is the beginning of any bad faith in the bargaining process. The fact that POAL started looking for labour alternatives was surely as a direct result of the unions’ bad faith.

  • Beenthere

    Cripes, that was a stunningly bad performance from Shearer

  • ConwayCaptain

    None of these people in Labour now have come from the working class and fought their way up.  They are professional pollies, school,uni, NGO/Govt Dept non job then int the Labour Party and 4 feet abnd snout in the trough.

  • BJ

    Shearer should stick to his knitting and lead humanitarian issues. He’s to nice for Parliament and oh so uninformed

    • Gazzaw

      You have to ask how come he was worth $200k to the UN.

  • ConwayCaptain

    Is Aunty Helen still here????  Here in the S Waikato I can hear the grind stones working on the knives.

    We are approaching the Ides of March.

    Beware the Ides of March Mr Shearer.

  • He even greeted the host wrongly and sounded real naff from the first 10 words let alone the rest of the interview.

    How did the impossible become possible

  • Jackhenderson00

    I don’t worry about a leader’s oratory skills so much. It’s important, but not the be all and end all…Of course, that only works based on the proviso that between the umms and arrs there is substance… Not ‘how’ you’re saying something, rather, ‘what’ your saying… Sad to say in this particular interview, Shearer fails in both departments; presentation and content. I’ve been watching DS, I’ve been analysing DS, I’ve even been charitable to DS. But man, this guy is a vacuous, uninspiring strawman that has no face. Unless DS is a stealthy assassin is disguise, my prediction is Labour will be face down and floating in 2014. On a final note, correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t this guy a diplomat? Communication is his trade for goodness sake! The interview was an embarrassing disaster.

  • Doshi is the scab

    I actually feel sorry for him…*len brown slap in the face*… now I don’t…phew! What he forgets is that “Auckland”, POAL’s owner wanted to double the return it was getting. It forced the port to become more efficient. Labour is the port’s largest driver of opex, so now they have done as asked and making the port more efficient.