You all know that many of us authors at The Standard have been critical of David Shearer. Well, I’ve just read Shearer’s speech. It’s brilliant.
It talks about the big issues head on – shades of Cunliffe and The Standard in some of it.
There’s no party line pap and some nice stylistic points.
It damns Key without ever mentioning him or his government and is an even more devastating critique of Key for it.
Shearer provides no policy detail – apart from saying he thinks a capital gains tax is pro-growth and questioning the logic of the tax-free zone – and is completely unapologetic about it. He puts a big emphasis on education, which he says must be the backbone of our future success.
He says the next two years is about going around and finding the best ideas – to have a complete plan ready for government – and he’s not going to try to pull the plan out his arse now.
He also says he would rather govern well and make a lasting difference, citing Finland’s Esko Aho, than govern for a long time (contrast to last night’s video of Key, where he was talking about 4 terms before even being elected).
The proof will be in the pudding, of course. But this is one hell of a recipe.