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Labour Leader David Shearer has quietly withdrawn a mistake-ridden members bill from the ballot that would have restricted the sale of land to foreigners.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