Why can’t David Shearer get any cut through?

It worked for Julia Gillard

It worked for Julia Gillard

The problem that David Shearer faces in trying to get cut through is simple but it is also un-fixable.

I watch people, I do it for a living. David Shearer’s problems are quite simple….for a start he can barely string a sentence together….then when he does it sounds scripted, insincere and false. Voters simply do not believe him. Even his arm movements are scripted. He simply doesn’t resonate because he is being over managed, over scripted and over coached….on top of that he doesn’t believe what he is saying and his body language gives it all away.

For evidence of this look at his performance in the Urgent Debate…first speaker off the block and this is what he delivered…

All that is because his natural self is just so dreadful…and so it is unable to be fixed.

John Key meanwhile speaks in the vernacular, people identify with him, and hen he says something it doesn’t sound scripted. Key knows he is awkward and somewhat dopey sounding but has mitigated that by being self deprecating…and voters like that.

David Shearer cannot be fixed. Labour has to find someone to man up and knife him. I simply don’t think anyone in labour has the courage to do that.

 


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  • johnbronkhorst

    Even the clockwork monkey, behind him, hipkins looks disinterested.

  • peterwn

    He has no originality – look at Q1 in todays Question Time for example – ‘Does the Prime Minister stand by all his statements?’. Now how many times has he asked this one?

    • Mediaan

      They ask that because it opens up any subject they plan on pursuing, while it gives the responding Minister zero opportunity to prepare. (Only the primary question is submitted to the Minister in advance, and that is frequently only 2-3 hours in advance.)

      So it is used when they hope to spring a trap on the Minister.

      But, I agree, it is over-used and dopey sounding.

  • Pete George

    It’s unlikely that Shearer can be fixxed as Labour leader, but as he appears to be little more than a poorly performing puppet the problems are more serious than that, and are unlikely to be fixed by changing leader.

    Cunliffe seems to be the strongest performer in the Labour caucus but if he was good strong leader material he would be leader now, not subservient to a seriously strategyless and ability challenged caucus.

    Even if they have a good clean out next election (like they should have in 2011) it will take time for any talent to get up to speed – if they stand any talent.

    • Whafe

      Totally agree. This is far deeper than just the appalling leader that David Shearer is…… Am not being far fetched, but serioulsy explain to me how this Labour cluster fuck can be sorted with a new leader versus a complete restructure in the true sense of the word…. Total cleanout is needed….
      Labour must except and take note that life time politicians cannot run the country… The public of NZ know this….
      Thank you MMP, odd really because no one voted for MMP apparently!

      • Time For Accountability

        Lets turn this around.
        Who in Labour is a worthwhile MP – That means the rest should retire.

    • AnonWgtn

      But Cunliffe is not a Teacher, Unionist, Woman or Homosexual, so not a chance.
      After the last Labour conference the Unions now are in control of the leader’s election, so the push for little, squeaky, nasty, Little, as Great Leader, to be joined by Helen Kelly as soon as she can be drafted in somehow.
      The Herald was suggesting little Little as potential leader today.
      Bring it on and say farewell Labour in New Zealand.
      A New Labour will arise if 500 members can be signed on, and verified as original signatures, and addresses, and checked to see if the ink used is real.

      • Time For Accountability

        Jim Anderton – Where are you in the time of need.
        You can do it again.

  • Jimmie

    Trouble is WO the process for knifing him is so convoluted there is no guarantee what the outcome of the knifing would be.

    • Whafe

      Needs a whole lot more than a knife fight down at the Labour Corral……

  • Whafe

    He hasn’t got it, you can’t learn leadership skills, you either have it or you don’t… And Mumbles Shearer doesn’t have it….. And NEVER will…. Truth hurts, but the sooner he accepts this, he will be able to move forward with his life….
    Second point, no one has it in the current Liabour MP list of peeps….. No one could control this group or party or direction… Know anyone that can herd cats? No, didn’t think so

    • AnonWgtn

      Shearer is a nice guy to have a beer with at a barbeque, and I mean it.

      • Whafe

        Am certain that he is… That is all cooleo, but someone whom is a nice guy to have a beer & a bbq with doesn’t translate to PM Material….
        Sorry but the man will not even be able to keep any dignity at all. Sadly he should man up and say he is in over his head….. It is not just him, it is the whole kit n caboodle that is NZ Labour that is in dire straights….

      • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

        So is George W Bush.

  • cows4me

    Fuck the lot of them, NZ needs a opposition not a lobby group for queers, unionists and a rag tag bag of lefty loons. Liarbore speaks for it’s self and offers nothing to it’s once core supporters. Why blame poor old Mumbles, it’s not like he has the “A” team to mould into a fighting force.

  • As regards the knitting picture; it most certainly HASN’T worked for Julia Gillard; she is getting absolutely panned for it.

    • Bad__Cat

      I liked it. I smiled.

  • Plue

    Why would any right of center voter want rid of Shearer? With him in charge the chances of the left getting elected are diminished so isn’t that a good thing. Please stop calling for his replacement they might find someone decent. (notwithstanding the front runners look worse)

  • Saccharomyces

    Doesn’t Chippie look creepy in the background of that clip! Looks like he’s having a sneaky stroke while he’s at it.

  • SJ00

    Something Labour haven’t worked out, is that by attacking the government on minor, petty things, they are attacking themselves. Take for example Shearer coming out the other day saying the government’s IT and privacy is lacking and basically saying with National in charge, you can’t trust your data with them. What he forgets, is most of the bureaucrats working in the government now were around when Labour were in power. Most likely hired under a Labour government. Things like IT policy flow on from when they were government. They most likely hired the same idiots that are making silly decisions (like Novopay ).

    They need to stop tiring to score petty points and start putting forward ideas and policy that we want. Stop listening to the Greens, and stop hitching their wagon to the gays, minorities and criminals and support the common man. The problem is, if they think they are on the right track, then they will only go down, because their current plan is annoying more people than its pleasing. And Shearer is a lost cause. So keep him on for the sake of the country.

  • thor42

    There is **nothing** that Labour can do.
    Changing the leader is merely shifting the deckchairs on the Titanic.
    Labour has always been the bludgers, no-hopers, unionists and teachers’ party.
    It will *always* be the bludgers, no-hopers, unionists and teachers’ party.
    Given that rock-solid, cast-iron fact – they have no room to move anywhere.

    The trend is worldwide. The left are being hammered all over the world.

    In the UK, people are moving to UKIP.
    In Europe, they’re moving to the Swedish Democrats and the Danish People’s Party.

    I think people all over the world are waking up to the fact that the left stand for *nothing* except bludging, high taxes, unions and failure.
    The right stands for better education, lower taxes, less welfare (meaning more self-reliance and independence which is *GOOD*) and less immigration (especially of Muslims).

  • flashman

    This was all pointed out not long after he was voted leader. Labour Parties have a history of appointing leaders that the Party likes, not leaders that voters actually want to be Prime Minister. When will they learn the lessons of UK Labour’s Neil Kinnock? For all his other strengths, the public just didn’t see Kinnock as Prime Minister material (his nickname was the Welsh Windbag). After 1992 Labour spent another 5 years in opposition until Tony Blair got them in. It’s going to happen with Aus Labor and the Gillard/ Rudd debacle, and it will happen here with Shearer/ Cunliffe.

  • flashman

    This was all pointed out not long after he was voted leader. Labour Parties have a history of appointing leaders that the Party likes, not leaders that voters actually want to be Prime Minister. When will they learn the lessons of UK Labour’s Neil Kinnock? For all his other strengths, the public just didn’t see Kinnock as Prime Minister material (his nickname was the Welsh Windbag). After 1992 Labour spent another 5 years in opposition until Tony Blair got them in. It’s going to happen with Aus Labor and the Gillard/ Rudd debacle, and it will happen here with Shearer/ Cunliffe.

  • Time For Accountability

    Has anyone noticed the press when Sheep is speaking.

    There are looks of disbelief and puzzlement.
    It looks like they are trying to understand what he is saying so they can ask a question but his message is so garbled they don’t know what he is saying.

    • Bad__Cat

      Poor journalists! It’s getting harder and harder to slant things to make him look good.

  • Hazards001

    I got as far as the bit where he says ” The leaking of sensitive documents is serious enough but this goes to the Governments stability” then I waited to see if he was going to look at Goff.
    After that I moved onto the beer fridge because there is only so much a working man can take of mumblesdumbfuck and the bludging coalition of dimwitted wankers and 47 seconds seems about right!

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