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Shearer’s Starting Speech

Written By: - Date published: 4:40 pm, March 14th, 2012 - 11 comments
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Tomorrow morning David Shearer gives the first of a series of speeches that should set the tone of his leadership.

It’ll be live-streaming from 7.30am on labour.org.nz, and will outline his vision for Labour and Aotearoa.

Video clips will be posted later in the day and he’ll be having a facebook chat at 12.30pm.

Tune in to find out what the new Labour leader has got…

11 comments on “Shearer’s Starting Speech ”

  1. alex 1

    Incredible to think that the entire public image of Shearer could be shaped by the MSM’s reaction to the next few days of Labour’s PR efforts. Good luck to him, though I’m not confident he will be given an easy ride.

  2. ad 2

    Probably unfair not to let him know my expectations of him then.

    – He will make us feel like he can deliver a government as powerful and memorable as Michael Joseph Savage, Norman Kirk, Helen Clark, or Richard Seddon.

    – His delivery will contrast strongly with that of the current Prime Minister, by being statesmanlike, memorable, and penetrating.

    – This speech will change the game in New Zealand politics.

    – He will make us feel like there is a campaign already underway and it will be so good when revealed that it will make the hairs on our arms stand.

    – He will dominate the news cycle with it – through a combination of charm, wisdom, fun, and exciting policy development.

    – He will make us look forward to the next instalment like we were witnessing Elvis the Comeback Special 1967.

    We have set our expectations so low we are grateful if these people can string two sentences together, and we are grateful if they don’t make mistakes. It is time to raise our sights.

    Of course, he has set this bar up by himself, by waiting 4 months do do anything of note. Waiting, Mr Shearer.

  3. Kotahi Tane Huna 3

    @ Ad “I have set my expectations so low I am grateful if these people can string two sentences together, and I am grateful if they don’t make mistakes. It is time to raise my sights.” FIFY

    • ad 3.1

      Well let’s see where the polls track in the medium term afterwards.

      Our sights, presumptive collective noun, will be raised with political results.

    • Warren 3.2

      Actually I thought that was fair comment from ad in the context of what he posted.

  4. ianmac 4

    Of course it was just a coincidence that Key also chose Thursday to whelm us all, and try to smother David. Sigh.

    • Blue 4.1

      It will be a test for the mainstream media as well as for Shearer. The media were definitely putting Labour low on the priorities list for the past three years, determined to give Key a honeymoon for his first term.

      Now we will see if their attitude has changed and they are willing to allow Labour back into the game. If they ignore or downplay Shearer’s speech and give top story billing to Key’s, then they are still on their anti-Labour tear.

      But if they make a decent effort to cover Shearer, then a page has been turned, and it’s all on for 2014.

      • Lanthanide 4.1.1

        Key’s story will get top-billing because it has a big shakeup of the ministries that has been teased for over a week now. Shearer would have to come out with something pretty bloody amazing to top that.

  5. tc 5

    Matters little what he does, except to hardcore political junkies as the MSM games rigged. NACT have done very well to make the sheeple think they’ve got it Sussex thanks to a Jon questioning media.

    its all about getting focus on the asset stripping shonkey mob in currently and the deceptive practices that have become status quo due to an MSM who don’t give a F that’s the oppositions real challenge.

  6. Adrian 6

    TV3 last night did what they should have been doing in November, calling out Key on his lying. It was good to see.
    I thought that Cuniliffe should have got the job but was prepared to give Shearer a fair go. I really hadn’t seen anything to convince me until last week when I heard that Shearer had been sitting down and talking to all the main players from Winston to Hone etc. Be careful of a man who quietly marshals his forces and takes his time before moving on his opponent. Is this the time? I bloody well hope so!

  7. Uturn 7

    Waiting for the live stream. Has the link changed?

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