Dom Post on Shearer

February 21st, 2012 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

The Dom Post editorial today:

When became Labour leader at the end of last year, he touted himself as a fresh face for the party and promised a “fresh vision for New Zealand”. So far, his face has barely been seen by most of the voting public and his vision, if there is one, remains hidden from view. …

By contrast, Mr Shearer has yet to tell voters in any great detail how, if at all, a David Shearer-led Labour Party is different to the one under Mr Goff. His stated vision of a “clean, green and clever New Zealand” is so platitudinous as to be almost meaningless. It would have some resonance if Mr Key was advocating a dirty, polluted, dumb New Zealand, but he is not, and nor is anyone else.

Mr Shearer needs more than a slogan to make a real impact in what is after all a contest of ideas. Where does he stand, for example, on Labour’s promise to extend the in-work tax credit to beneficiaries, a reckless policy that undermined the party’s claims to fiscal responsibility and which alienated many of the workers it claims to represent? Or the plans to remove GST on fresh fruit and vegetables, introduce a capital gains tax and raise the age of retirement?

I think Shearer has done the right thing by not rushing things. The election is two years and nine months away. However he does need to start laying some pegs into the ground. My suggestion would be that in the next six weeks he does a major speech where he outlines the values that will drive his policies, and announces a couple of Goff era policies he is dropping, and maybe one new policy of his own.

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7 Responses to “Dom Post on Shearer”

  1. Pete George (23,677 comments) says:

    Generally he’s been right not to rush things but a political career is not something that can be carefully planned. Top leadership means being able to react quickly to unforseen circumstances, like ticket profiteering.

    It’s much easier to set clear ground rules from the start than to teach old ducks not to repeat old tricks.

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  2. Peter (1,723 comments) says:

    Will Shearer even make it to the next election?

    Can’t really see it, myself.

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  3. Cunningham (845 comments) says:

    In my opinion he seems weak and unable to get his point across. His interviews during the selection process were appalling. I know he will get better but he was so bad that I will be suprised if he can get up to the level required. Come the heat of an election campaign, I expect Key will be all over him. However National would be stupid to underestimate him as the public can sometimes vote unpredictably (i.e. Peters getting back in).

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  4. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    Every time the media says war hero battle hardened conflict war zone you have to drink.

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  5. DJP6-25 (1,389 comments) says:

    Just what NZ needs for a ‘Leader of the Opposition’. We can’t afford another Labour led government for a generation or so.

    cheers

    David Prosser

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  6. Nostalgia-NZ (5,270 comments) says:

    DPF has got it about right if it is assumed that Shearer is not carefully building his management over the party and parliamentary wing. His UN work shows he is a team builder, smart money for a leader would be on establishing himself first, taking into account that he doesn’t seem the sort to want to put to sea in a leaky boat, or on a bridge with lieutenants fingering their knives behind his back.

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  7. Paulus (2,656 comments) says:

    According to Wellington close sources Grant Robertson is already employing his “Mates” (using the word loosly) so that once he rolls Shearer early next year he has sycophants in place.
    Silent T should look outside Parliament, he is history, am sorry to say – new faces for Labour in the Parliamentary system.
    Clark and Simpson left Robertson in charge.

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