MP David Shearer says he will return to waging war against the supermarket duopoly and credit card interest rates after being restored as Labour’s consumer affairs spokesman.
Mr Shearer was given the role back in a minor rejig by Labour leader Andrew Little after MP Clayton Cosgrove’s decision not to stand again in 2017. The changes promote Kris Faafoi into the shadow Cabinet and he picks up Mr Cosgrove’s tourism portfolio while keeping his state services portfolio. Read more »
David Farrar has posted the chart of doom:
Those are the preferred Prime Minister ratings of the last four Labour leaders. It is rather telling. Read more »
Arts, lifestyle and travel blogger David Farrar loves his numbers, and today he’s in devastating form. Read more »
David Shearer is generally a decent guy. He is sometimes a bit economical with details, like his claims about mangoes in South Sudan, but generally he is a decent person.
However, he does have a blind spot and that blind spot is his bias over Israel.
A recent post on David Shearer’s Facebook page, supporting Murray McCully’s statements blaming Israel for the stalling of the peace process, has brought these shortcomings into clearer focus. On being challenged about his post he replied:
Yes none of us should ignore or tolerate violence particularly against civilians – I agree – but settlement expansion IS the major issue to any two state solution. That’s obvious. Since I left there in 2007 tens of thousands of new houses have built. More than 500,000 settlers now live in the West Bank. Each settlement has its own roads, infrastructure that for the most part are completely separate from the Palestinian villages they are adjacent to. How is it possible for a Palestinian state to operate with thousands of Israelis inside it? Or why build more if a two state solution is the end goal and reaching that goal will be made evermore less possible?”David Shearer [emphasis added]
To which there was a reasoned response and question from Juliet Moses:
David, Israel “operates” and indeed flourishes with a 20% Arab population, as you will be aware. Arabs have fully democratic rights and function at every level of civil society, including Parliament, the Supreme Court and academia. So, if I understand the argument correctly, Israel can and is expected to operate like this, and Palestinians insist they must have the right of return to Israel, which would soon mean an Arab majority in Israel. However, the West Bank, where Jews have lived for thousands of years and that Palestinians have NEVER had sovereignty over, must be judenrein? How is that even-handed? How you can think that settlements is THE issue when the Palestinians demand self-determination in and sovereignty and exclusivity over the West Bank but deny that same right to the Jews in Israel?“Juliet Moses [emphasis added] Read more »
Matthew Hooton looks at the case for the resurrection of David Parker to Finance for Labour, dropping Grant Robertson so he can concentrate on his Future of Work project.
Among moderate Labour MPs and activists, and even the odd union boss, talk is now incessantly about the party’s leadership.
Alarm has been raised after Labour’s private polling showed it was down to just 30% in February, from 35% before Christmas. Worse, those voters have not gone to the Greens but slipped back to National so that the gap between left and right is now wider than a month before Labour’s last election debacle. Since Helen Clark’s fall, only under David Shearer’s more centrist leadership has the Labour-Green bloc regularly polled above National and its minor allies.
The Media party really don’t like John Key.
For a couple of elections they’ve tried really hard to unseat the government with stings, smears and attacks. Bizarrely, last election there was an attack on a journalist and media personality in an attempt to get rid of John Key.
For a couple of months senior Labour MPs have been putting it about that their internal polling before Christmas was showing Labour on 35%.
No public poll in the last three years has shown Labour on 35%…not since David Shearer was leader did they come close.
Journalists were privately laughing, but those senior Labour MPs were insistent on the ‘truth’ of their polling.
Either the public polls were wrong or Labour’s poll was wrong…or the poll wasn’t wrong; Labour was spinning it better than it was.
It isn’t a coincidence that this is the same issue that raised its head during the election when Labour and their various proxies, like Rob Salmond, were putting it about that Labour were higher in their own polling than the public polls. It all got drowned out in the Dirty Politics hit job…but at one stage it was stated Labour’s polling was at 35% when on election night it was a full 10% lower. Support doesn’t evaporate that much, that fast. Read more »
When I was learning sales one of the first things I was taught was not about selling, it was about making plans, planning and goal setting. I was taught that if you don’t commit your plans to paper, make them into something solid, then all you have are dreams, and then sometimes those dreams have a habit of turning into nightmares.
Rob Hosking at the NBR looks at Labour’s dreams.
Beware the term “dreams” when it pops up in political discourse.
It is one of the more implacable but seldom acknowledged rules of politics that, whenever a politician starts talking about “dreams,” you are about to hear a cavalcade of moonshine and bull dust.
Oh, and the other part of this rule is: When you hear the word “dreams” uttered by somebody seeking office, keep a close eye on your wallet.
A couple of my Labour sources have emailed and suggested I missed a few signals that Annette King’s continued candidacy sends.
Loved your post on Rongotai, but I wonder if you missed the steaming turd atop the turd-pile. This is being seen internally as a massive repudiation of Little. Handing him Rongotai — where he fucking lives! — would have been a vote of confidence in Little and the surest sign to date that the Grantistas have made peace with him as leader. By doing the opposite, it is clear they still regard him as a stopgap figure at best. This should be read as a sign that Little is far more vulnerable than he appears.
Any word on coming polls? The Nats should top 50, surely.
Matthew Hooton explains how it is that Labour has allowed itself to be hijacked.
My friend Matt McCarten, now Andrew Little’s chief of staff, introduced me to the word “entrism” some years ago.
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, it means “the policy or practice of joining an organisation with the intention of subverting its aims and activities.”
“Entrism” was first used by 1930s French Trotskyists when dissolving their own radical organisations and joining moderate parties to steer them towards Leninism. It became recognised in English in the 1960s and 1970s to describe the subversion of the UK Labour Party by Militant Tendency, which the party then spent 20 years eradicating to make itself electable again.
Since its election defeat in 2008 and the departure to New York of the firm hand of Helen Clark and Heather Simpson, the New Zealand Labour Party has been the latest victim of the tactic. In the past fortnight, that has reached fruition ,with Labour’s lurch to the extreme left over the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and its abandonment of the middle ground over student fees.
While the moderate centre of the party – as personified by Phil Goff, David Shearer, David Parker, Stuart Nash, Clayton Cosgrove, Peeni Henare and Kelvin Davis – plan to launch an offensive against the party’s direction in May, they have no chance of success.
They simply can’t spin Angry Andy’s stupidity. Audrey Young writes:
Three guesses who Labour’s trade spokesman is …
David Shearer? No, foreign affairs (at least he still was last night).
Grant Robertson? No, finance.
Phil Goff? No, defence.
All three having been talking trade this week, but no.
Three more guesses.
David Parker? No, he was it when David Cunliffe was leader.
Clayton Cosgrove? No, he was it when David Shearer was leader.
Maryan Street? No, she was it when Phil Goff was leader, and is out of Parliament anyway.
Get the picture?
No wonder Labour’s messages have been anything but clear.
It is in fact Dunedin MP and former reverend David Clark, and has been since last November in Andrew Little’s first-anniversary reshuffle.
But the Trans-Pacific Partnership is far too major an issue at present to be handled by Clark.
For the next few months, Little himself and Robertson will be de facto trade spokesmen.
On National’s side, too, Steven Joyce is doing the heavy lifting instead of the new Trade Minister, Todd McClay.
This past week, without doubt, has been Little’s worst week as leader.
This isn’t unexpected. Last year was the honeymoon period. It was the time to jettison bad ideas dreamt up by Cunliffe and those who failed over the election. It was time for “review” and “consolidation” and “listening”. Read more »