A bit shit – Some in Labour don’t think much of the comparison of Shearer to Kirk

David Farrar blogged about this yesterday…I too got an anonymous email, but was busy all afternoon and evening so didn’t get a chance to post on it.


It seems that there are some in Labour who don’t think much of David Shearer and the comparison of Shearer to Norm Kirk.

I found Mallard’s comparison strange…is he telling us that Shearer will be elected Prime Minister and then die in his first year in office? 

Someone has also mashed up a video, not unlike my own ones…but a bit shit in comparison:

Compare that with mine…which do you prefer?


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  • Gazzaw

    What a joke! Love him or hate him Norm Kirk was working class, a great debater, charismatic, a man’s man (rumour has it a woman’s man as well) and a top speaker, In fact he was everything that Shearer isn’t. The labour hierarchy persists in trying to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear and not surprisingly an increasing number of labour supporters are crying ‘Enough!’

  • Morrissey

    Comparing Shearer to Kirk reminds me of those dolts who compare that cynical Chicago machine politician Barack Obama to Dr. Martin Luther King.

  • Pete George

    “is he telling us that Shearer will be elected Prime Minister and then die in his first year in office? ”

    Kirk failed in his first two elections, he was elected on his third attempt. Maybe that’s what Mallard was alluding to.

  • Ed Snack

    Gazzaw, Kirk was a politician with the gift of the gab, what he wasn’t though is a competent manager or administrator. His reputation remains only because he died in office (of overwork as much as anything else, because he could not and would not delegate) before his manifest incompetence was cruelly exposed.

    • Gazzaw

      Accepted Ed but did I ever suggest that he was an able administrator? He had ministers and bureaucrats to perform those functions which they manifestly didn’t partly because Kirk would not delegate. He was a great ‘face’ for labour though at the time. The only time in my life that I voted for labour.

  • Shearer has as much in common with Norman Kirk as he does with Captain Kirk.

    • Morrissey

      Actually, he has quite a lot in common with John Kirk.

  • johnbronkhorst

    A little note for those who think kirk was at any time, anything but a lazy selfserving and self promoting sharlitan….A report was issued into NZ’s power generation in 1968, that said effectivly…If we didn’t do something (build a new dam) NZ would have power cuts by the mid 80’s….this report sporned others right up until Nov.1972 (kirks election) then there is SILENCE on the issue until 1976…So now we are forced to RUSH to meet a pending deadline….Did anyone count the number of power cuts in the mid 80’s up until the clyde dam was built?…Think big ring a bell???? And how many of those projects do we rely on today? 30 odd years later??

  • johnbronkhorst

    So it could be said that even Muldoons screw ups are better than labours best work. Let alone anything else National have done.

  • StupidDisqus

    He’s not Kirk – he’s fucking Rowling.

    Which makes Joyce Muldoon, I guess.

  • SJ00

    Lets start a fund to get WO’s video run on TV prior to the election! It just makes me cringe.

  • Jaxx

    This comments section has more heat than the page itself. Bomber’s such a dick

  • williamabong

    At least Labour actually stood for the working man in Big Norms day, not a bunch of self serving poofters, union flunkies, and failed teachers.
    Time for a giant size cleanout and a return to some core values and not the lying, cheating, theiving, troughing useless pricks hanging off sheeps coat tails.

    • Sponge

      Quite true. I would never vote for the pricks but at least in those days they had principles they believed in.