Shearer Leadership Media Conference

Shearer Presser: Pt1

In this clip, Labour Leader David Shearer tries to explain why all his MPs are behind him even though they won’t promise to back him in February’s Leadership vote.  Today’s presser for Shearer was a disaster.  This will be the first of a few edited highlights.


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  • geoff3012

    FFS ….give us the next one!

    • Mr Sackunkrak

      Nah, the cupboard is bare. I mean, serriously at the moment who the is a “stand-out” next in this tragic comedy? Andrew Little, when the unions fully take over next year is my best bet.

      • Gazzaw

        Little couldn’t even win New Plymouth with massive party resource behind him. He’s lucky to be an MP never mind PM.

        • Mr Sackunkrak

          Yeah, I was taking the piss just to prove my point that the cupboard is bare. I guess that nowadays any commentary on Labour is just taking the piss, no matter how it might read.

        • Bunswalla

          Well it would have helped Little’s cause if his mum had voted for him, but yeah but…nah.

  • Vlad

    Mr Um

    • Mr Sackunkrak

      Mr Errr ranks ahead.

  • Troy

    He looked seriously pissed off.. his whole body language showed a man defeated. I just get the impression that the caucas meeting really didn’t go well and he has a number of MP’s who aren’t honestly in support of him. Brave face perhaps, but his ho hum attitude shows a leader in denial of the truth.

    • Alex

      Agreed. Quite shocked by his manner in this clip. Not good body language at all. I think he probably knows he’s clinging on with his last life, and that this tactic has come at a huge price — some of his supporters have given him an ultimatum that he has to improve drastically or else they will vote against him in February. And not only that, in that case, Silent T will take control and extract utu: most probably force Shearer out of Parliament. I also wonder if he’s now found himself cornered by one or more of the factions wanting their pound of policy flesh and some major shadow portfolios at the expense of his core supporters.

      • Troy

        Things really are getting desparate and falling apart. Today I posted, for the very first time, something on the Red Alert blog, it was critical, as are many of the approved posts, however, they moderated it by deleting it. That’s it Labour – you fucked with the wrong Marine. My mission now is to destroy your party with every ounce of energy I have – i’ve never had a post deleted for expressing opinion – Labour obviously can’t take criticism and are obviously not interested in receiving feedback from a potential voter for that party. I never take a knife to a gunfight and I will pursue this party’s inadequacies with utmost vigor :)

  • Doug

    Comment of the Day from the Strandard.

    Peggity 33

    20 November 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Has anyone checked in on Greg Presland to make sure he hasn’t drunk
    himself silly and popped off to brown eye the Mt Albert electorate
    office ?

  • Rodger T

    I`m trying to give a shit,really I am, but……………….nah.

  • Lion_ess

    Looking at this clip, I feel a bit sorry for Shearer – he shows he does not have the mettle for this role, but good on him for hanging in, his leadership continues to divide an already unstuck party.

  • Gazzaw

    A tragedy for labour but an unholy disaster for NZ in 2014 should the coalition from hell become the government. Norman will run riot without a decisive labour party leader.

  • I wonder if he has been to the doctor yet, 30 seconds after the tele prompter finished and he actually had to answer questions he appears to have a very mild stroke.

    • Troy

      He’s excellent when reading off a piece of paper (which most people can do well) but anything outside that, and which is not scripted, he struggles with. Looking forward to the election leader’s debate if he makes it that far – will be embarassing i feel.

      • Macca

        Totally agree Troy and I can hardly wait! If the public at large thought Key gave Goof a bit of a spanking, can you imagine what he will do to Sheep? Finally the greater populace will see the true, bumbling, stuttering Shearer, and not the reasonably articulate one the media have so carefully edited! Can you imagine the blithering fool we will see when Key backs him in to a corner and pushes him to ‘Show me the Money’?

  • GregM

    Today Shearer pumped up an inner tube to stop the Titanic sinking.
    A for effort, F for result.

    • Bunswalla

      Rearranging the deck chairs, surely Greg?

  • you can see he started out strong but quickly fell into his much preferred state of placidity.

    • Mr Sackunkrak

      I think you really meant “flaccidity”. Viagra is only 40 bucks now the IP has expired, where’s a shed fund when you really need one for pettey cash?

  • Mr_V4

    Labours position will not improve until all the old withered have beens from the circa 2005 era retire. Because these guys still fundamentally don’t get it.

    Yes I’m looking at you Mallard, King, Dalziel, Street, Dyson, Moroney, Fenton, Parker, Chadwick, Horomia, Mahuta

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    Look very tough and decisive. I think he will shred John Key to pieces in the debate!! Yeah right.