David Shearer has issued a statement that signals a major shift from his previous low profile. It is a strong challenge to all MPs to stop the escalating “gotcha” politics, and to focus far more on positive politics, and to put the interests of the people of New Zealand before petty party politicking.
To demonstrate the seriousness of his intent he has requested chief Labour bovver boy, Trevor Mallar d, to make a statement apologising for his destructive campaigning and pledging to work devote himself to working for the common good. If Mallard relapses into another bout of character assassination he will be asked to step down.
Shearer has also publicly requested that “Eddie”, a frequent cry wolf poster at The Standard who is widely believed to be one of Mallard’s staffers, not to post any more unsubstantiated claims that are so obviously made on the mistaken belief that “if you lie often enough people will believe you”. Shearer says this dishonest approach keeps damaging Labour Party credibility.
Shearer says that today is an appropriate time in his leadership to set a new standard of MP and party behaviour.
[Edit: it's fairly obvious this is an April 1 post. Sad that it's not true, isn't it.]