David Shearer sides with judgemental wankers against beneficiaries

Christ, so much Labour fail, so little time this week!

On Thursday Shearer made another great, inspiring speech sure to win back the disillusioned lefties who stayed home last year (assuming they’re all Grey Power members) during which he really focused on those things that really matter and showed us what kind of Prime Minister he would be:

Last year before the election, I was chatting to a guy in my electorate who had just got home from work. In the middle of the conversation, he stopped and pointed across the road to his neighbour.

He said: “see that guy over there, he’s on a sickness benefit, yet he’s up there painting the roof of his house. That’s not bloody fair. Do you guys support him?”

From what he told me, he was right, it wasn’t bloody fair, and I said so. I have little tolerance for people who don’t pull their weight.

Prime Minister Shearer: hating on beneficiaries without bothering to hear their side of the story.

The most charitable interpretation is that he suffers an overweening need to agree with whatever person he’s talking to.

The least is that not only does Shearer think he can rebuild Labour by siding with compassionless, judgey douchebags, but that this may never have even happened, per Gordon Campbell:

That ‘guy in my electorate’ must be quite some guy. Because when I interviewed him back in March, Shearer told me the exact same anecdote.

Either that or David Shearer was seriously, deeply affected by this tale of obvious, objective injustice.  Which makes him a beneficiary-hating anti-social justice fuckwit.

I have little tolerance for people who don’t pull their weight.

David Shearer, humanitarian worker, saviour of poor undertrodden brown people in far-off lands, people.  And he’s quite happy to go to a Grey Power meeting and dog-whistle about lazy beneficiaries rorting the system.

Seriously, how the fuck do you lead the Labour Party and buy 100% into the Right’s bullshit rhetoric?  And how fucking dare Shearer parrot John Key’s lines about how Everyone Has A Responsibility To Work and The Social Safety Net Isn’t A Lifestyle Choice, You Horrid Bludgers?  And then say “but look at our amazing superannuation system, it isn’t doled out based on how productive you were as a GDP-generating worker”.

Suddenly the ABC Club’s need to keep tearing down David Cunliffe is making a lot of sense – much more of this and it’s not just going to be the wonky bloggy types baying for a real Labour leadership change.

Further reading: Dim Post


  1. NickS


    We can haz Goff back pleaz noaw?

    Or better yet, fire Pagani finally, his strategies have been bloody uselessly focused on capturing the mythical “centre” voter. Instead of dealing say with the progressive issues facing NZ, such as wealth inequality, human rights issues vis abortion access and law, plus workers rights. etc etc.

    • QoT

      I don’t think things are quite dire enough to be wishing for Goff back, but at least under him it made sense that Labour would continue to struggle to find a coherent narrative between the competing forces of “refusing to reject neoliberalism”, “following Pagani’s advice” and “desperately clinging on to one’s safe cosy electorate seat”.

    • Draco T Bastard (@DracoTBastard)

      We can haz Labour back pleaz noaw?


      Labour went to the right back in the 1980s, kinda stumbled left a little in the 2000s and are now dutifully following NACT in going even further right. Labour haven’t been Labour for a long time.

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