Two Shearer u-turns

November 1st, 2012 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

Labour Leader announced earlier this year a bill that would have restricted the sale of land to foreigners. It was incompetently drafted as the Herald reported. Almost every Labour bill or SOP this year has been appallingly drafted. The adoption bill, the lobbying bill sop, this bill. There’s really no excuse for using draft legislation as slogans rather than actual possible laws.

Any Shearer has very quietly dumped the bill, which was capitalising on xenophobia over the Crafar Farm sales, which Labour wanted to go to Sir Michael Fay as a discount instead. The bill was hyped as his first major policy release. Well it has been buried it seems.He’s now done a Food in Schools bill, but hasn’t handed the investment bill over to another MP.

The second u-turn is the Kapiti Expressway.

Labour has campaigned non-stop against the Kapiti Expressway. In the Mana by-election Kris Fa’afoi was out there campaigning with protesters against it.

A couple of months ago, Shearer was still firmly  against the roading upgrade.

 Labour leader David Shearer says his party still opposes building the Kāpiti Expressway and will ‘mothball it’ if it gets the chance.

Now he’s changed his mind on it.

Labour will not rule out continuing National’s Kapiti expressway all the way to Otaki, leader David Shearer said today.

That’s quite a transformation – in six weeks he went from strongly opposing the project, to we’ll see how the case stacks up!!

As it happens I support both u-turns by David Shearer, but it doesn’t help him being seen to stand for something.

UPDATE: And the policy has changed again. Shearer has now been over-ruled by Phil Twyford who now says it must be scrapped!

I for one like the current policy of a four lane corridor from the airport to Levin. It will make a huge difference to travel in the region. And giving in to some NIMBYs would be idiotic because you lose a huge amount of the value of the entire project, if you have a few kms which remain single laned – this means traffic moves at the speed of the slowest car.

 

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17 Responses to “Two Shearer u-turns”

  1. Mary Rose (393 comments) says:

    Two U-turns suggests he’s going in ever-decreasing circles ;-)

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  2. anonymouse (695 comments) says:

    Don’t Worry DPF,

    Twyford was back to wanting it scrapped yesterday

    http://wellington.scoop.co.nz/?p=49799

    Labour’s transport spokesperson Phil Twyford says the motorway project, which is currently before a Board of Inquiry, should be cancelled because the numbers simply don’t add up.

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  3. hj (6,380 comments) says:

    Shearer would do well to be the xenophobe rather than pander to Harcourts Shanghai.
    Thankyou.

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  4. Bob R (1,340 comments) says:

    ***Any Shearer has very quietly dumped the bill, which was capitalising on xenophobia over the Crafar Farm sales,***

    You make it sound like restricting foreign ownership is a bad thing – it’s pretty common (and sensible).

    [DPF: I don't think having foreign companies block NZers and NZ companies from their economies is a good thing]

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  5. Simon Lyall (101 comments) says:

    DPF, have a read Twyford’s press release. A return of $118 million on a $515 million highway investment seems a *very* good reason not to go ahead with it.

    The point of BCRs was that investment could go into projects that had the best return. It is a concern that this government makes a point of ignoring them when they threaten it’s pet projects.

    [DPF: I agree BCR's should be the primary basis of decision making. However I caution against deciding on one part of a project independently of the other parts]

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  6. cubit (356 comments) says:

    Just build the bloody road. Labour candidates will get a smacking on this issue. Obviously Shearer and Twyford don’t regularly drive (particularly at rush hour, weekends and holidays) the current route which is largely unchanged from the fifties, apart from inane short stretches of four lane highway interupted by much longer stretches of low capacity dangerous two lane country road.

    The level of opposition on the coast is low (albeit bloody noisy, self interested and badly informed).

    The Kapiti coast is an area of growth. Lets future proof it now. Building it will never be cheaper.

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  7. Cunningham (821 comments) says:

    Surely Shearer being rolled is a near certainty. How long will it be?

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  8. Nostalgia-NZ (4,918 comments) says:

    What a contrast, Shearer does U Turns because he changes his mind. JK does U Turns because he forgot where he was going.

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  9. DJP6-25 (1,274 comments) says:

    Just an average day then.

    cheers

    David Prosser

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  10. Paulus (2,503 comments) says:

    Bye Bye Shearer – you are a nice guy to have a beer, with but NOT Labour material.
    Too nice.

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  11. Keeping Stock (10,116 comments) says:

    There’s another difference Nostalgia; Key is a two-term Prime Minister whereas Shearer is a lamb to the slaughter.

    @ Cunningham; Scott from Imperator Fish gives Shearer 43 more days:

    http://www.imperatorfish.com/2012/11/and-on-forty-fourth-day.html

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  12. RF (1,272 comments) says:

    DPF should have a count down day by day from 43 to 1.

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  13. cauld (47 comments) says:

    Credit where credit is due.
    The abomination that is the Lobbying Bill was a Green Party hand me down.

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  14. Luc Hansen (4,573 comments) says:

    Is Shearer New Zealand’s Romney?

    Oh, sorry, Key got to that exalted level first, didn’t he?

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  15. mikenmild (10,766 comments) says:

    Shearer, like any opposition party politician doesn’t really need to be consistent in his policies to be successful. All he really needs to do is consistently attack the government’s weaknesses. Bad luck for him that he’s not done a very good job of that.
    The roads of national significance are a classic ‘think big’ folly. Unjustifiable on a rational basis, we are expected to lap it up at the same time as we deride greenie plans for rail in Wellington and Auckland that are similarly lacking a rational basis. BCR have a good place in decision-making, but if we applied them more we would be making a hell of a lot of changes to a very wide range of policies in health, education, crime, defence, etc, etc as well.

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  16. Francis_X (149 comments) says:

    “if you have a few kms which remain single laned – this means traffic moves at the speed of the slowest car.”

    Or at the speed limit.

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  17. Francis_X (149 comments) says:

    “Is Shearer New Zealand’s Romney?

    Oh, sorry, Key got to that exalted level first, didn’t he?”

    Tonight on TV, Mitt Romney used Key’s phrase “a bright New Future”.

    Oh god, the cringe, the cringe….

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