Shearer confident despite criticism
Thu, 15 Nov 2012 9:59a.m.
By 3 News online staff
A week is a long time in politics, and it must feel like it for Labour Party leader David Shearer.
In the lead-up to his first party conference as leader, he's taken a battering from critics in the blogosphere and the media.
That's led to speculation about how long he'll keep his job, but he believes he is performing in his role.
“We were 20 points behind in the election last year, in about 10 months we’ve closed that gap to around about half between ourselves and National, that’s a pretty good effort,” he told Firstline this morning.
Mr Shearer says his party does need to improve, but believes it has done well to close the gap.
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16/11/2012 9:54:01 p.m.
[At Greg who wrote: Cunliffe is still tied to Helens coattails, we do not need her back doing back room deals]
How and why do you make such unfounded posts? Any proof? or are you just making things up just to be nasty?
16/11/2012 1:18:38 p.m.
Cunliffe is still tied to Helens coattails, we do not need her back doing back room deals.
16/11/2012 11:26:19 a.m.
Tom Peterson wrote:
I fully agree CG take Kirk,Walter Nash,David Lange,Helen Clarke the only true VOTED IN Prime minister of NZ, Shipley was never voted in as PM,she ditched Boldger and took over.The Nat party has had a run of ditching their leaders,as they are really a very unstable govt,and have to call on others to stitch up a govt even if it takes dirty play, also costing the country millions of dollars,in bribe money too stay afloat.Also take English when he took over as PM he got oust smartly through stuff ups just like he is doing as Finance minister.
16/11/2012 11:00:21 a.m.
Cunliffe should have left with Clark.
16/11/2012 10:58:37 a.m.
Alison, the 't' is silent.
15/11/2012 9:23:20 p.m.
I cant see Cunliffe having a leadership coo and mores the pity. Its time he did as hes the only one with enough charisma to do the job. Having a brain dead smiling guitar player whom just doesnt seem able to get up there in the rankings even with all the stuff ups Nationals made should be a bit of a worry for them. But what does it matter. Shearer is a nice guy. So was Key. Or so people thought.
15/11/2012 7:48:47 p.m.
Unfortunately for Shearer and Labour, Cunliffe and his mates are plotting another leadership challenge if the rumours are true. If that's the case, Cunliffe shouldn't be trusted as he has publicly stated that he is loyal to his leader when really he's been plotting behind his back. Perhaps him and his mates doesn't want Labour back in government until he becomes leader, which will surely take the party back to the Helen era.
15/11/2012 4:30:38 p.m.
I have no doubt that Mr Shearer will be a great PM, a man of vision, intelligence, conscience, honesty and most important, a man with integrity. He will have the well being of New Zealand and ALL its people upper most in his dealings and policies. He will surprise all his silly critics that are just used to the same old noisy crooked slimy politicians. Mr Shearer is a new breed of caring politician and a 'true' leader. Mark my words.
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