Small on Shearer

January 28th, 2013 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

Vernon Small at Stuff writes:

Labour’s may not have been smooth, but he was genuine and a man of substance.

So the spin went last year when he was struggling to sound fluent during speeches and impromptu press interviews. He was, if you like, substance over style. But his address to party faithful yesterday – not a “state of the nation” speech exactly, but a scene-setter for the year – was the exact reverse.

And on the style:

These days Mr Shearer is taking no chances on the presentation front, even using an when talking to about 170 party faithful in a Wainuiomata rugby clubroom.

You are kidding? An autocue to talk to the Labour Party summer school in rugby clubrooms? I knew Labour always look to US and UK politics for their campaign  ideas, but this is ridiculous.

Of course party leaders will use autocues for major events, such as the campaign launch and close, and annual conference speeches. But I have never ever heard of an autocue being used at an event like the Young Labour Summer School.

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31 Responses to “Small on Shearer”

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

    Labour’s David Shearer may not have been smooth, but he was genuine and a man of substance.

    I seriously question the latter half of that sentence. My own impression was the opposite -little substance and nothing genuine.

    And I’m far from on my own thinking that. Since posting How authentic is the ‘nice Mr Shearer’?” I have seen similar repeated elsewhere, with a significant majority seeing a wooden veneer with unknown substance behind it.

    The autocue shows how concerned they are about how Shearer might recite his carefully rehearsed lines. FFS, his speech had little difference that mattered from his last speech (at the conference in November).

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  2. bhudson (4,740 comments) says:

    But if he didn’t have the autocue, how else was he to know what Grant and Trevor wanted him to say?

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  3. Manolo (13,837 comments) says:

    International Master (Chess IM) Vernon Small deserves to be checkmated with two Bishops after such article.

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  4. Peter (1,713 comments) says:

    If he is a man of substance then why choose to recite a speech that lacks any?

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  5. alex (304 comments) says:

    Its hard to know how important the stump speech is in an increasingly digitised electorate, the real problem for Shearer is that he isn’t great at coming out with good lines on his feet.

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  6. Fox (206 comments) says:

    Reportedly Barack Obama is virtually married to his autocue, using it everywhere; – campaign events, conferences, major announcements, Thanksgiving familiy get-togethers, bedtime prayers with his children, etc…

    Politically it doesn’t seem to have done him any harm, so perhaps Shearer is on to something.

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  7. martinh (1,257 comments) says:

    if his fired up line was an autoclue its an even sadder illustration of him than i thought

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  8. Alan Wilkinson (1,878 comments) says:

    “But I have never ever heard of an autocue being used at an event like the Young Labour Summer School.”

    But does he also have bullet-proof glass?

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  9. RF (1,404 comments) says:

    Dear God.. What a pathetic weak individual. It scares me that he could be our PM late next year. It’s like a bad dream where you wake up sweating and screaming.

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  10. BeaB (2,125 comments) says:

    Captain Mumblef–ck has nothing to say so might as well read it off an autocue. It’s pathetic and says everything we need to know about this hollow man.

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  11. hamnidaV2 (247 comments) says:

    It is understandable that you Neolibs are annoyed.

    Shearer’s speech was magnificent and now the Government is totally stuffed. The best Key could come up with was some stolen Labour policies – housing, training allowances, etc.

    I wouldn’t mind the Tories stealing Labour’s policies if they at least admitted the ‘market’ has failed.

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  12. Manolo (13,837 comments) says:

    Captain Mumblefuck Shearer needs to be kept miles away from the Prime Ministership.

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  13. thedavincimode (6,800 comments) says:

    … and in late breakling news, Labour leader David Shearer has stuck his head up his arse. Nobody has noticed.

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  14. seanmaitland (501 comments) says:

    To me it seems like he is even more out of his depth than the bumbling shambles that Phil Goff was as party leader. Both these guys seemingly don’t have a clue about actual policy details and when asked about how things work just spout off cute little statistical soundbites that mean nothing. Shearer’s most recent efforts make it look like he is trying way too hard – kind of like he is having a really hard dump at the same time as giving his speech.

    Even though Key can come across a bit sleazy, at least he knows his stuff and can defend himself when queried on it. As soon as Shearer (and Goff before him) got questioned they look like proverbial deer in the headlights.

    I won’t even mention the Greens who when questioned just talk louder and start shouting, and keep repeating their BS points over and over as if it makes them somehow true.

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  15. CHFR (229 comments) says:

    I am beginning to think hamnidaV2 is Cullens Sidekick in disguise. No one talks like that in real; life he/she must be a parody.

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

    To me it seems like he is even more out of his depth than the bumbling shambles that Phil Goff was as party leader. Both these guys seemingly don’t have a clue about actual policy details and when asked about how things work just spout off cute little statistical soundbites that mean nothing.

    I’ve been saying that for some time.

    Goff was far more accomplished than Shearer, at least he knew how politics worked and he had the benefit of experience and (sort of) the full support of caucus. But his body language betrayed him, what he said wasn’t what he believed, it was what he had learned to recite.

    Shearer is a much more inexperienced version who’s body language betrays him much more openly.

    A major difference is that leading up to the election many Labour supporters were wishing Goff to victory, they ignored his weaknesses hoping Labour would succeed anyway, although they were sort of resigned to maybe not making it, knowing a one term government was unusual.

    But now they dread another loss, and are much more critical of their new leader, and dread how he might perform in an election campaign.

    Or many of them do. There are still a few that seem to believe the next election is their’s to automatically win, so ignore all of Shearer’s glaring deficiencies.

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  17. Peter (1,713 comments) says:

    When they have the leaders debate, will it be between Key and Bumblefoot, or Key and Porky, or Key and Dr Knownothing?

    It will be entertaining, that’s for sure.

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  18. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (890 comments) says:

    Shearer is a winner in anybody’s book. He will be Prime Minister in 2014. So get used to him.

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  19. Anthony (796 comments) says:

    I hope all you people who are so certain of a Labour victory are putting all your spare money on iPredict which is sitting at close to 50/50 odds?

    Capitalism has to be managed, but not thrown out – or that would equal North Korea! Everything run by public servants – is that really a viable future??

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  20. Red Sam (122 comments) says:

    Why is leader of a major political party using an autocue at such an event? Good grief. Big Norm and Lange will be turning in their graves.

    Shearer should have had a few years experience in parliament and possibly cabinet before becoming Labour leader.

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  21. smttc (752 comments) says:

    So Manolo if you are so desperate to keep Shearer away from Prime Ministership, perhaps you will exercise your vote at the next election appropriately rather than just being John Key’s favorite old grumpy bastard.

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  22. bhudson (4,740 comments) says:

    smttc,

    Well said

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  23. Duncan Brown (16 comments) says:

    I once saw Jenny Shipley hold an audience for half an hour or more, talking about a variety of complex topics, with no notes, AND when as a press photographer I moved from one side of the room to the other, she ever so purposely turned to ensure I got still got a good view, without so much as a stutter – Admirable!

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  24. Left Right and Centre (2,986 comments) says:

    The whole Labour movement seems to be reading off an autocue recently….

    If they’re going to read off autocues… at least could we have someone better looking than that fella?

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  25. Left Right and Centre (2,986 comments) says:

    SM says: **kind of like he is having a really hard dump at the same time as giving his speech**

    hahaha… I almost had a really hard dump when I read that… LMAO…..

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  26. pq (728 comments) says:

    ha ha dudes I have a picture of Helen Clark in my office, you know just to remember .
    that one which Brian Edwards authorised, with those teeth. You with me now, and I think
    New York you so unlucky, we lucky we have Shearer and soon a third term conservative NZ Government.
    But not so fast, first come to terms with coalition, NZ First or suck Maori. go on get real

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  27. liarbors a joke (1,069 comments) says:

    “Shearer is a winner in anybody’s book. He will be Prime Minister in 2014. So get used to him.”

    LOL ! Comedy gold.

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  28. David Garrett (7,318 comments) says:

    laj: Times two sir! the guy must be taking the piss, surely? The poor bloke (Shearer) just hasnt got it…I am waiting for a resurrection of the Chris Carter quote: “He’s a nice guy but he just cant win”…

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  29. Azreal (15 comments) says:

    Wouldn’t it be fun to hack into the auto cue and insert a whole lot of “umm”s

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  30. Azreal (15 comments) says:

    BTW, Hamnida, every time I spot a “Neolib” you get another thumbs down.

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  31. thedavincimode (6,800 comments) says:

    pq

    Seriously, you need to get help. The variations in your lucidity throughout out the day and the “roll” (for want of a better word) that you’ve been on recently suggests that you’re doing something to yourself that you can do without. The aggression suggests it’s the piss, but whatever it is, you need help. I hope it isn’t just a reflection of irreparable damage that you’ve already done to yourself.

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