Herald on Shearer

October 16th, 2012 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

The Herald editorial:

Labour leader must be wishing he had never mentioned a recording of a remark the Prime Minister is said to have made to staff of the Government Communications Security Bureau in February about the Dotcom investigation. If any recording was made of John Key’s visit to the agency that day, Mr Shearer does not have a copy of it, nor it seems does anybody else.

As I said, the smart thing is to ask if such a recording exists. The dumb thing is to state it does, and then accuse the of deleting it when they say it doesn’t.

Labour needs him to make a public impact. He has tried the high road, getting out around the country to talk about real issues, but that made little impression on the polls. Now he is resorting to parliamentary point-scoring, which seldom moves the public but can lift his MPs’ morale if done well.

They cannot be impressed by his miscue on the GCSB. But even if his tactics had been more adroit, it is doubtful that the issue would have given him a lift in the polls. Mr Shearer does not seem at ease in this sort of politics. It appears to be an effort for him to take an interest in the intricacies of the Dotcom saga and attack it with conviction.

He would be well advised to leave this sort of work to others in his team who are more naturally tenacious than he is. Leaders have to be true to themselves to command the respect of others.

Mr Shearer looked best last week at centre stage in an economic policy “summit” with fellow Opposition party leaders flanking him. Unfortunately for him, that effort was overwhelmed by the missing GCSB recording. If he has to fight on this level, he will not win.

I’m hoping this episode is a rare departure from Shearer’s normal behaviour.

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9 Responses to “Herald on Shearer”

  1. Grant Michael McKenna (1,160 comments) says:

    David Shearer is the best Leader of the Opposition in New Zealand’s recent history, and i hope that he holds the job for many years to come.

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  2. Pete George (23,591 comments) says:

    I’m hoping this episode is a rare departure from Shearer’s normal behaviour.

    Sadly Shearer seems to have been trending more and more towards being a puppet of the pit bulls. He seems to be as unnatural at it as Goff was, albeit much less experienced at politics and much less in command of policies.

    And it should be remembered that in February he said he would be different and wouldn’t resort to point scoring and gotcha politics – maybe he can’t remember what he said back that far, but it’s all through the media and blogs.

    Shearer has also been trending to parroting poliquotes the same as Goff and no more convincing.

    The only way I see Shearer rescuing his leadership is to step back from the same old policrap and learn to be himself, and to start talking about and doing what he really believes in. If there’s anything.

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  3. Manolo (13,837 comments) says:

    The thug Mallard, the arrogant Silent T, and the delicate Robertson must be laughing at the sight of hopeless Shearer making a complete ass of himself.

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  4. RF (1,404 comments) says:

    Nah !!!! Shearer is Mr. Magoo. Sure sounds like him.

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  5. Paulus (2,632 comments) says:

    Methinks that he has been well and truly shafted by his own people.
    Sad – but if you cannot stand the heat in the kitchen get out – even if its your own fire.

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  6. Keeping Stock (10,342 comments) says:

    @ GMM – do you mean that he’s the best Leader of the Opposition since Phil Goff, about whom you used to express similar sentiments? :D

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  7. Auberon (873 comments) says:

    Well he just took a thumping in the House on this, and his whole team looked as flat as a pancake as the PM ran him round the block.

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  8. Doug (410 comments) says:

    You can bet the team that is doing the MSD review would have been listening to the information that Socialist Cindy released in Parliament, she seemed to know an awful lot about the leaks. Makes you wonder if she has inside knowledge.

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  9. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    GRANT ROBERTSON (Deputy Leader—Labour) to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in Hon John Banks; if so, why?

    Rt Hon JOHN KEY (Prime Minister) : Yes; because he is a hard-working Minister.

    Grant Robertson: Is it still his policy, as he told media on 30 April this year, that a Minister who lies or misleads about his actions would lose his confidence as Prime Minister?

    Rt Hon JOHN KEY: Yes.

    Grant Robertson: Does he think Mr Banks has met this standard, after he told the New Zealand Herald on 14 September that the police were responsible for his witness statement being withheld when, in fact, it was he who asked for it to be withheld?

    Rt Hon JOHN KEY: I have no knowledge of that. That is a matter for the Minister.

    Haha, so John Banks can lie through his teeth and the PM looks the other way. But let’s talk about David Shearer…

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