David Shearer – On Sky City Deal and Labour’s hypocrisy

Long may David Shearer remain Leader of the New Zealand Labour Party.

He was on RadioLive with Marcus Lush today explaining his Party’s Convention Centre hypocrisy.

Here’s a shortened version of the interview that makes three very important points.


1 – The next time a National Party MP does something stupid in the weekend (and they’re bound to, let’s face it) – David Shearer will have to say: 

“That’s okay, because I don’t expect the Prime Minister to know what they’re doing in the weekends “

2 – The next time John Key has to discipline a Minister or speak to an MP about their behaviour – David Shearer will have to say:

“That’s okay, these things should be kept out of the media/public.”

3 – The next time John Key, or senior Ministers visit some business where there’s a perceived conflict of interest – David Shearer will have to say:

“I defend the Prime Minister’s right to speak to whoever he likes, and it’s good to have strong links inside businesses.”

Long Live David Shearer.


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  • coventry

    Someone should point out to shearer that he currently only has 32 MP’s (Not including himself) – http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/MPP/MPs/MPs/Default.htm?pf=Party&sf=Labour+Party&lgc=0

    • Correct Coventry; until Parekura Horomia’s replacement is elected, Labour’s caucus is just 33 MP’s, not 34.

      • coventry

        Even when they have 34, he wont be asking himself what he has planned for the weekend though. Or perhaps he does, maybe that explains a few things.

        • Dave

          Might take him a while to tell himself what he has planned, between…. um, mumbles ……

      • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

        Horomia’s seat is already in the stock and we are keeping count of it, did you get the drift bro?

  • In Vino Veritas

    “its good to have strong links inside businesses”. Tell that to MRP! Perhaps Mr Shearer should have a chat with Rod Drury, I’m sure that would be a good link for him to have…

    • Dave

      I doubt someone as intelligent and as progressive as Rod would bother with Mr Shearer, well, begrudgingly perhaps.

  • Justsayn

    Well… look… you know… well… I… you know… I… umm… we… I don’t know what to say Marcus… ummm… I… we were faucktards Marcus… I won’t be voting for me and I don’t expect anyone else to either… fuck it.

    • Donovan Jackson

      That made me laugh quite a lot.

  • GazzW

    What a pity that Larry Williams is away this week.

    • Michael

      I’ve heard Marcus Lush refer to Russia as “the Soviet Union, or whatever they’re called now”. The guy shouldn’t be anywhere anything that has to do with news or current affairs.

      • Sponge

        Agreed – Lush is a fucktard. He is always full of criticism of the government but never seems to have thought through any of the alternatives.

        He is one of these “something must be done”and “Its an outrage” people. He should stick to talking about trains and strolling around the country and steer well clear of anything that requires critical analysis.

      • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

        He has to if he wants a media job in NZ.

    • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

      Sheep would have eaten Larry for breakfast bro….

  • Col

    If that is how Shearer feels about it, I will vote Labour, yea right.

  • GregM

    I can’t believe that audio was only 1.36, it felt like half an hour.

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  • Lion_ess

    Doin’ a great job there Dave – must have been like arriving at a Surprise Party – “Fancy seeing you here, … and you, and you, and you”. Oh fuck!

  • Dave

    Perfect Mr WO, perhaps we can get Russel to print some “Get out of Jail” free cards for national, Russel isn’t using his printer yet, be good practice for him.

  • Michael

    Bring on the leaders debates at the election. Key will cream Shearer.

  • Ronnie Chow

    “I am quite ready,” answered the Emperor. “Do my new clothes fit well?” asked he, turning himself round again before the looking glass, in order that he might appear to be examining his handsome suit.

    The lords of the bedchamber, who were to carry his Majesty’s train felt about on the ground, as if they were lifting up the ends of the mantle; and pretended to be carrying something; for they would by no means betray anything like simplicity, or unfitness for their office.

    So now the Emperor walked under his high canopy in the midst of the procession, through the streets of his capital; and all the people standing by, and those at the windows, cried out, “Oh! How beautiful are our Emperor’s new clothes! What a magnificent train there is to the mantle; and how gracefully the scarf hangs!” in short, no one would allow that he could not see these much-admired clothes; because, in doing so, he would have declared himself either a simpleton or unfit for his office. Certainly, none of the Emperor’s various suits, had ever made so great an impression, as these invisible ones.

    • MarcWills

      So bloody Cosgrove’s gone and lost another suit. Isn’t he a dag?

  • rockape

    Allit takes for National to win the next election is to shine the light or reality on the Greens and Labour. They are so inept and deceitful they will fall to bits if any thinking people take a hard look at what they say, what they do, and, whats good for NZ.

  • cows4me

    I guess the socialist wasters have to pig out while they can, the dole doesn’t offer any such luxuries.

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    John Key is PM and Sheep is Leader of the opposition, Don’t you think John Key and his cronies needs to be much more careful than Sheep?

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    Lush is stunned by Sheep’s innocence….

  • Mike

    Surely shearer is just taking the piss now? Wheres the opposition going to come from in this country now? Can anyone really, i mean really, take anything that any of the so called current opposition parties come out with seriously? Just give John the keys to the country for an indefinite period cos all the others combined aren’t worth a pinch of shit.

  • Patrick

    Why the focus on the other Labour MPs being there – why was Shearer there? Popping in for 10 minutes or not – he still had to get access to the stadium corporate box somehow, obviously he had the SkyCity pass as well. Which means he is just as hypocritical as the rest of the mob. He took “favours” from an outfit he had been bagging for weeks.

  • Troy

    Shearer needs to go do a uni paper – Leadership 101… he’s failed three of the easiest tests of leadership… don’t lose control of your team, motivate them to your line of thinking and whatever you do know your team – it’s obvious Shearer has a distinct inability to do all three.

  • SJ00

    If Labour were in government (stop laughing), does anyone think that they wouldn’t have made a similar deal with Sky City over the convention center?
    I’m not sure when casinos were allowed to be operated here, but ChCh and Auckland being the first 2 in the early 90s. Granted National were in government then. But Labour were in power when Lotto was established…..
    Labour were in power for 9 years prior to National coming in now. 9 years they had to get rid of pokies, shut down casinos, get rid of lotto, abolish horse racing. Did they? No. Course not. Its only a problem when they are in opposition.

    So again, would Labour not have made a deal with Sky City if they were the government to build a convention center. 4 of their MPs seem to think its ok to enjoy the benefits of what Sky City does. Sure as shit they weren’t protesting when they were there, nor where they strongly expressing their opinion because no fucker from Sky City would talk to them for 5 seconds if thats all they had to say. And Sky City already knows what they think of the deal. They would have just been the 4 dorks in the corner holding their ‘down with this sort of thing’ ‘careful now’ signs. Those 4 knew exactly what they were doing and what they were receiving. And no doubt Shearer would have been there had he not received free tickets from the Rugby Union. Hes a good honest kiwi bloke and wouldn’t have missed a good rugby game on principals.