Sharechat Logo

David Shearer new Labour Leader

Tuesday 13th December 2011 2 Comments

Text too small?

Elected to the Labour leadership on the 13th of the month, unlucky for some, David Shearer has some big shoes to fill and probably not very long to do it.

He will need Grant Robertson, who will replace him if he flubs it, to be a loyal deputy who can bring some passion to Shearer’s so far amiable public palette.

He will need Shane Jones to ride shotgun on the front bench, like some crazed kuia coming up with the killer one-liners.

He’ll need Phil Goff, Annette King and Trevor Mallard to step out of the way, now that they’ve seen Shearer – a Goff protégé who missed election in 2002 because of it – into the position they always thought he could be suited for.

He may or may not have the services of David Cunliffe, who was rumoured to be close to quitting politics last year, and may consider it again now.

David Shearer is very clever, thoughtful and likable, and has led large humanitarian operations with billion dollar budgets in war zones. He was approached about a UN job in post-Gaddafi Libya before the election. There’s obviously something going on.

As a backbencher condemned to life in Opposition, with an ongoing fascination for the Middle East, Libya must have looked tempting for Shearer.

Now he’s suddenly Leader of the Opposition, ascending on the momentum of a quest for renewal and political relevance, but showing little so far of what he or the new-found Labour he strives for will be like.

So far, the David Shearer the public has met is a cypher, albeit a cypher with a great life story, which is a great platform to start from.

He needs now to lay out, on the big issues and beyond his foreign policy expertise, what he thinks about a number of the big questions.

What do we do about the banks? Is a Tobin tax a good idea? How should New Zealand think about climate change, its water and livestock, its need for a faster-growing economy?

What works in social policy – where is the balance between carrot and stick? What is your one big idea that will change New Zealand for the better?

And that’s not counting the immediate questions that media will pose: what about GST-free food, the capital gains tax, and the higher pension age – the three Labour policies that turned voters off and to New Zealand First at the polls.

Until we know some of that, Shearer has not yet actually “done” anything, other than win this contest.

BusinessDesk.co.nz



  General Finance Advertising    

Comments from our readers

On 13 December 2011 at 1:56 pm Shelly said:
Good news for Labour This guy will do the job and do it well .Concrats to David Shearer
On 14 December 2011 at 8:22 am Ricardo said:
Until Labour, and David in particular, twig to the fact that middle NZ and those who actually go to work need a hand up, rather than the welfare brigade the party will be a poor third to National and the Greens.
Add your comment:
Your name:
Your email:
Not displayed to the public
Comment:
Comments to Sharechat go through an approval process. Comments which are defamatory, abusive or in some way deemed inappropriate will not be approved. It is allowable to use some form of non-de-plume for your name, however we recommend real email addresses are used. Comments from free email addresses such as Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, etc may not be approved.

Related News:

TruScreen Group Limited (NZX: TRU) Clinical Trial Results Highlight Efficacy of TRU Technology
20th October 2021 Morning Report
Freightways Limited (NZX: FRE) Acquisition of ProducePronto
19th October 2021 Morning Report
PGG Wrightson Limited (NZX: PGW) Guidance Update
Vital Limited (NZX: VTL) Provides Update on PSN LMR
18th October 2021 Morning Report
T&G Global Limited (NZX: TGG) FY21 Earnings Guidance Update
Arvida Group Limited (NZX: ARV) Successful Completion of $155m Placement
FreshLeaf: Cannabis on course to be 'medicine of the masses'