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My thoughts on David Shearer’s resignation…


David Shearer


So David Shearer could no longer stomach the infighting and back-room dealing going on within the Labour party.  He’s decided to chuck in the leadership and let someone else do the job.

Fair enough. His life; his call. Who knows, one day, after another decade of experience, he’ll return with a vengeance and be the best Prime Minister since [insert name here].

In the meantime, I make this comment to the Labour Caucus…

Decide on who your new leader will be and then get on with the job. Put an end to back-room dealings, whisperings, and undermining each other.  Because whilst 1,000,000 New Zealanders voted for National – 3,400,000 did not.  And things are getting pretty dire in this country.

We have a Prime Minister who – as Russell Norman correctly pointed out – is becoming more Muldoonesque with each passing day. We have National ministers trampling on our rights; flogging off our assets; turning the country into a Surveillance State; giving millions away in corporate welfare – whilst bashing the most vulnerable in this country.

The country needs a united opposition.

That means a Labour-Greens (NZ First?) coalition aiming it’s sights at the Nats and working as a government-in-waiting. Labour-Greens need to look determined to hit the ground running.

We cannot afford to have Labour MPs engaging in ego-driven pissing contests whilst the Tories keep screwing this country.

Because if you can’t do the job, we’ll be stuck with another three, six, nine, whatever years of National who will corporatise this country. The rich will get richer, the poor will get poorer, and the Middle Classes will send their kids of to Australia.

So. Choose your new Leader.

And get  on with it!



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  1. 22 August 2013 at 10:07 pm


  2. mcclairy
    23 August 2013 at 8:54 am

    Listening to a bunch of talking heads on Radio Live this morning with Marcus Lush, all second guessing or predicting who best to lead Labour. First laugh for the day as Hooten waxed eloquent over Robertson – yes he is a good performer in the house but a too far to the right for my liking – but the humour was, you don’t listen to Hooten for advice on Labour politics – if he recommends anyone there is a hidden agenda and it won’t be good for Labour. Natz DNA indelibly printed in his genomes.

    • 24 August 2013 at 10:04 pm

      I heard most of Hooten’s comments, mcclairy. It was hard to tell if he was being serious, or making mischief… Hard to tell with The Hoot, sometimes…

      • Tim
        27 August 2013 at 6:40 am

        “Hard to tell with The Hoot, sometimes…”
        Which is why the best policy is to take anything he says with a grain of salt – better still, ignore him

  3. 23 August 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Well said frank.

  4. 24 August 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Cheers for that, Robyn and Geoff!

  5. adam white
    25 August 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Here’s hoping

  1. 24 August 2013 at 7:01 pm

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