Trotter on Shearer

July 9th, 2012 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

I’m starting to get the impression that is not hugely confident in Labour’s ability to win. He blogs:

For a while, it looked as though Labour had found just such an emblem. ’s story, like John Key’s, begins with an ordinary bloke setting forth on a journey, during which he encounters all manner of monsters – from Somali warlords to murderous Israeli settlers – learning in the process the magic spells for opening the human heart to compassion, justice and reconciliation. He, too, returns to his people and, at the crucial moment, steps forward from the shadows to declare that he is the one destined to lay low the National Party usurper.

Except he hadn’t learned the spells, or, if he had, he could no longer remember them.
It’s as if Arthur stepped up to the sword in the stone, gave it a confident tug – and nothing happened. Instead of a sword flashing in the sunlight above his head, proof positive that he was “rightwise King born of all England”, the weapon stays exactly where it is, and the hero, with an embarrassed shrug, picks up a guitar instead.
There are, of course, many variations on the classic hero tale. Instead of acquiring forbidden knowledge and inheriting mysterious powers, the hero is often required to overcome a series of obstacles and/or eliminate a host of adversaries before completing his quest. In doing so he blazes a trail and lays a path for those who follow after him. Think of the Labours of Heracles, or Theseus’s struggle with the Minotaur, or Luke Skywalker’s destruction of the Death Star in Star Wars.
Does Labour have another hero? And, if it does, can we assume that the first obstacles and adversaries he must overcome are all inside his own party?
I wonder whom Chris might be referring to?
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11 Responses to “Trotter on Shearer”

  1. Brad (75 comments) says:

    Trotter has been opposed to Shearer since virtually day one, based nothing more on an ‘enemy to our cause’ belief

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  2. Brad (75 comments) says:

    One thing Trotter does have is a massive hard-on for Cunliffe

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  3. berend (1,716 comments) says:

    Wasn’t Trotter for Shearer before he was against him?

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  4. dime (10,109 comments) says:

    How is Shearers story like Keys?

    Has Shearer ever had a real job? Our just with non profit and govt organisations?

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  5. Monique Watson (1,062 comments) says:

    Trotter is for Parker:

    http://bowalleyroad.blogspot.com/2011/04/looking-for-hero.html

    ‘E’s a good writer for a socialist.

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  6. Monique Watson (1,062 comments) says:

    And now Cunliffe, it would seem:

    http://bowalleyroad.blogspot.com/2012/05/quiet-sunday-afternoon-in-blockhouse.html

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  7. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    i think this is more about trotters’ failure to find a ‘hero’…

    phillip ure whoar.co.nz

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  8. Lee01 (2,171 comments) says:

    Shearer has never been anything more than a glorified welfare bludger. Working for the UN is not real work. His “story” is nothing like Key’s.

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  9. RightNow (6,995 comments) says:

    But but but… Shearer can play the guitar for all of Labour’s sing-a-longs.
    http://blog.labour.org.nz/2012/05/12/david-shearer-unplugged/

    On the bus – Shearer’s your man.
    Dear John – Shearer’s your man (http://blog.labour.org.nz/2012/06/25/dear-john/)
    Annual Conference – Shearer’s your man (http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2008/04/watch_the_ministers_sing.html)

    A total ass et to the party he is.

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  10. hj (7,066 comments) says:

    National is “InterNational” Labour is “International Labour” (and my next job at the UN). While John Key and Helen Clark attained a high degree of popularity they aren’t equal to the leaders of the past like Seddon because NZ was a family.

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  11. thor42 (971 comments) says:

    Trotter not confident in Labour’s ability to win. I wish I shared his doubts, but I’m thinking that MMP will probably deliver a Labour government in 2014.
    I would love to be wrong.

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