Shearer on negotiation

NZ Herald

David Shearer has given a speech on the art of negotiation:

Mr Shearer spoke to the Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand about his skills in negotiating difficult situations in some of the world’s most dangerous spots.

He acknowledged those gathered, unlike some politicians, were probably not in the business of disagreeing; but were probably – like him – more skilled at negotiation.

He said he shared some experience in their field of expertise from his work with the United Nations and dealing with people carrying weapons – saying he worked in Somalia, Liberia, Rwanda, Lebanon, Israel, Afghanistan and Iraq to help people reclaim their lives.

“Whenever I stepped into the middle of an argument, I learned some more about human nature.”

Which all sounds like bullshit considering his idea in politics is when parties or people disagree they must walk away from deals…strange behaviour really from a person who likes to think he was the master negotiator in world hot spots…no wonder he got on sweet with Somali warlords…when they pointed their AK-47s at him he bailed out just like he wants the Maori party to do.

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