Man alive. I don’t know what he did in his last job/s but it’s obvious he was never put under any pressure or challenged strongly by anyone. Makes me think all the meetings at the UN must be big hug fest’s.
“We should have a Parliament that reflects New Zealand society”
Parliament looks nothing like New Zealand society thank goodness. If New Zealand society looked like that bunch of parasites, most of whom have done nothing real in their useless troughing lives (particularly true of Labour MPs) – we’d all be starving
Quite possibly one of the worst interviews given by a political party leader in NZ for the last 40 years. In fact, its absolutely laughable. Shearer has been set up by Roberston (who was at the original meeting) and hung out to dry.
Shearer also needs to figure that most people don’t actually think that power prices are a major issue. I’m surprised that he didnt mention the exchange rate crisis as well. That’d probably be because its corrected itself by dint of the USA economic numbers getting slightly better, as predicted by most people with half a brain.
“Parliament looks nothing like New Zealand society thank goodness.”
And neither does that collection of other parasites, the so called journalists surrounding Shearer.
Whereas I have little sympathy for Shearer, I just cannot agree that the citizens interests are addressed by having him account for his ideas and actions by reporting to that clusterfuck of ignorant progressive cretins. Who are they to be asking questions on behalf of the public? Where is their mandate to represent the public? I do not like journalists, I like their politics even less, and I think they are mostly liars and charlatans.
I am not comfortable that these losers assume that they have the standing to question our senior politicians. I do not think most journalists are sufficiently qualified and I do not agree that they represent the public. In most surveys that I have seen, journalists are always far more liberal than the man in the street. How therefore can they ask the questions the man in the street would ask?
This weeks focus is on Sky City legislation, Solid Energy funding, and Electricity prices. … Let me repeat, our focus is, umm, Power prices, jobs, and umm, affordable houses…
We must keep this guy as Labour leader at all cost. Give him a couple of wins.
He doesn’t do too badly for the first 90 seconds or so, whilst he is simply parroting the party line. But once the questions start, Shearer is once again out of his depth, and the slogans etc simply don’t cut it. All the media training in the world isn’t going to sort this weakness out.
Yeah Prince, wasn’t that classic – he comes out all charged up with his three focus issues and within five minutes he’s forgotten what two of them are and says “we want to focus on affordable housing.” Hey Labour, please let him take you to the next election. PLEASE!!!
Shearer needs to say that working people don’t want a lot of hairy legged women running the show. He ought to turn it around and say “well let’s have a show of hands here; what do you people think. Should Labour have 50% women candidates?” [pause] numerous hands rise….
God, I feel for the guy…as perhaps the only commenter here (I may be wrong; some poli may be here hiding behind a pseud) who knows what it is like to be in these bastards’ sights…every single word analysed to death; every phrase dissected for weakness or inconsistency…the poor man just doesn’t have it…it is literally like watching an old bear, with one eye taken out, being baited for the amusement of the crowd…FFS Shearer…pack it in, and regain some fucking autonomy over your own life…
My question is… Does Labour already select candidates on merit? If they currently do, then why are they going to drop this practice and start selecting less qualified candidates on the basis of gender? If they currently don’t, then why are Labour a bunch of sexist pigs who need the party leader and president to force them to start treating women fairly?
Someone needs to identify those people in the Labour Party who aren’t giving women a fair go. Name them. Shame them. And if they’re MPs, sack them.
Interesting that despite ordering a halt to consideration of the man ban as a party conference remit, he is proud the party is implementing it anyway. So rather than have a democratic process to check whether the party supports positive discrimination, they will cancel that process but implement its application. Full steam ahead to irrelevancy. Loved the irony when he argued the issue was dropped because it wasn’t relevant to most peoples lives, but seems to believe the problem was their process, not their selection criteria.
He made Labour’s position on the GCSB legislation very clear – lol!
FFS Shearer…pack it in, and regain some fucking autonomy over your own life…
That’s what I don’t understand. What’s in it for Shearer? Why does he just take it? He’s obviously not a very good politician. Doesn’t he feel the strain of appearing like such a spineless idiot all the time? If he doesn’t agree with something he needs to spit it out, rather than trying to please all sides, but he doesn’t. He’s a man not in control of himself.
He could have come back to NZ from his highly paid job of photocopying/emailing in a secure Afghanistan office. Then won the easy seat of Mount Albert and retired with his ever increasing hidden stash in the US, the money he gets paid by the UN, and his NZ MP salary and perks. His life would have been sweet.
@tristanb – I suspect that Shearer would find negotiating with Somali war-lords on a daily basis a damned sight easier than trying to manage the misfits, ego-maniacs, power-trippers and time-servers who comprise Labour’s caucus; not to mention the gaggle and the self-servers
This fiasco that Shearer has become embroiled in looks suspiciously like a set up from within the Labour Party. It is like watching somebody dying from a thousand cuts and is evidence that the factions within the Labour Party are at war with each other.
Shearer is struggling to face them down, he is a man alone. To preserve his dignity and self esteem Shearer should go now before it gets really nasty. Let’s see who is hiding in the shadows.
Shearer doesn’t apparently think on his feet, repeating the argument over and over again about the public wanting particular issues dealt with was a poor effort. Particularly when he had the opportunity to point out that Labour has been the only party to have a woman Prime Minister over successive, full terms. Getting to the point of a particular matter is not necessarily only an exercise of intellect or reasoning, but also one of ‘on the feet’ instinct.
Nostalgia, I dont think David Shearer thinks at all, not really, he seems to have ‘tunnel vision’ in his thought process, but if asked anything which deviates slightly from his thoughts, he appears totally thrown. I feel pity for the man, but he needs to go, before he is totally thrown to the wolves, he is no politician at all.