Shearer’s emigration hypocrisy

David Shearer must be dumber than a sack of hammers. Labour has constantly bashed up the government because of the alleged brain drain to Australia but yesterday he was lobbying the UK government more relaxed visa requirements:

Labour leader David Shearer would like to see visa restrictions for skilled Kiwi workers heading to the United Kingdom relaxed.

Mr Shearer has raised the issue in a meeting with British Foreign Secretary William Hague in Auckland on Tuesday.

Mr Hague is in the country for two days – his second visit to New Zealand in two years.

As well as formal bilateral talks with Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully, Mr Hague has met with the Labour leader.

Mr Shearer said he talked to Mr Hague about the possibility of the UK relaxing some of the restrictions for skilled workers from New Zealand. 

Recent changes to the visa system have made it harder for Kiwis to live and work in the UK.

“We used to have 1500-odd people getting skilled visas going into the UK,” Mr Shearer said.

This number has dropped to about 700, whereas about 6500 people come from the UK to New Zealand each year, he said.

“It’s beneficial to both countries, the flow of people backwards and forwards is always a good thing and we both learn from the skills and experience of each others’ countries.”

So let me get this straight, the ebb and flow of people travelling to the UK is “beneficial” but between NZ and Australia it is somehow evil?

It’s a bit like their foreign ownership policy where anyone but Chinese can invest in New Zealand.

I hope he was more eloquent that this:


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  • blokeintakapuna

    It must be quite inconvenient when the facts get in the way of their hypocritical populist rhetoric. At least though they’ll have Auntie back sometime soon as the new President…

  • This is nothing more than a cynical push to get the uni student vote. Most Kiwis with any brains would like to do an OE and a pointless press release about UK visas fits the narrative.

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    Sheep is preparing for his 2014 rule…….he sees what is coming…..

  • Patrick

    Shearer is thinking of the future, we are accelerating towards a Zimbabwe situation where foriegn earned currency is our lifeline. If we can pack a few hundred graduates off to the UK & they send their pay cheques home then we will be ok – NZ will survive.

    Or we could cancel WFF & make students honour their student loan debts – fat chance of that happening.

  • cows4me

    So it was alright for Shearer to go for his big OE. I guess at least he didn’t contribute to the brain drain.

    • Hazards001

      He didn’t pay for his big OE out of his own pocket either. The UN are a bunch of self serving cu*ts.

  • J.M

    I wonder how many house deposits to buy NZ property have been made by NZers on their OEs. Mine certainly was.