David Shearer’s embarassing flip flop

Labour Leader David Shearer has quietly withdrawn a mistake-ridden members bill from the ballot that would have restricted the sale of land to foreigners.

He lodged the Bill at the height of Labour xenophobia over the Crafar farm sales:

“The bill was the first major policy release from Mr Shearer since taking over as party leader.”

He made a huge song and dance about lodging the bill at the time.

“This is getting behind what I believe New Zealanders want for New Zealand”

Well it now turns out to have been nothing more than a populist stunt, because he has quietly pulled the plug on that Bill and submitted a Food In Schools one instead.

It’s hard not to see this as proof that his previous posturing was simply an unprincipled, opportunistic, train wreck, which he didn’t really understand.

If Shearer can’t make up his mind and stick to it on the little things, he could never be PM.

He will have to fall back on his guitar gimmick to spin his way out if this one.


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  • Gazzaw

    The big question for me is who set Shearer up?

    • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

      The combo of Grant Robertson and Jacaranda Garden…..

    • pukakidon

      He has been getting moldy old advice, who needs enemies when you have friends like that

  • Allyson

    Shearer cant be Prime Minister. What if something happens like a war or natural catastrophe. Shearer as leader under such scenario is just scary.

    • RightOfGenghis

      A shooting war is coming because the world has forgotten the lessons of the last
      one. When it comes, it won’t matter who our hapless PM is. We just need to
      make sure we have snuggled up to Uncle Sam

  • I wonder if he has the balls to stand down?

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    I just cannot believe, the Labourers selected such a guy to be their leader. It is just them suffering at the moment. But come 2014, it will be entire NZ that will be suffering….is there a $29 flight to Oz?!?!

  • Lion_ess

    I think it’s pretty safe to say that Mr “Neat Guy, but hardly anyone knows him” has no show of ever being Prime Minister of New Zealand. He sealed his fate with the GCSB video he couldn’t produce. A more pertinent question would be who’s next?

  • BJ

    He looks as uncomfortable playing his guitar as he does playing leader

    • Dave

      Hope he is a good guitar player, as he sure isn’t a leader, and wont be for long.

  • LR

    Must be a nice guy as he comes last all the time