Shearer’s rookie chickens coming home to roost

Foxes to the right, foxes to the left, are Shearer’s rookie chickens coming home to roost?

As suggested in Shearer’s ‘gotcha’ karma David Shearer is copping flak from the right and from the left on his foreign bank account disclosure.

He is being defended (by a few), like Tom Gould at The Standard:

Don’t be silly. It’s hardly a rort. No harm done. No advantage gained. The Standing Orders say:

20 Errors or omissions

(1) Any member who becomes aware of an error or omission in any return previously made by that member must advise the Registrar of that error or omission as soon as practicable after becoming aware of it.

(2) The Registrar may, at the Registrar’s own discretion, publish amendments on a website to correct errors or omissions advised under subclause (1).

(3) Nothing in this Appendix requires members to advise the Registrar of changes to their interests that have occurred since the effective date of their last return.

But this is countered by Colonial Viper:

Note to the Shearer Bearers: more seriously, this is another reason why you don’t put 1st term back bench MPs in as Leader.

As an ordinary backbencher you are still learning the rules and the ropes; something like this would simply have been a beginners fuck up in the back pages. Happened, sort it, walk away lesson learnt.

But when it goes down as Leader, it becomes a real issue and makes you look too rookie to be PM.

And predictably Whale Oil waves his own flags at Shearer’s hoist petard…

Shearer advised IRD of his hidden off-shore bank account, but wants us to believe he “forgot” to tell parliament


The Memory Hole – Banks v. Shearer

…in which he compares Shearer’s criticism of John Bank’s ‘memory lapses’ with Shearer’s.

I’ll await David Shearer falling on his own sword. It is the right thing to do, he has demanded it so often of others, perhaps he should honour his own demands for a high ethical standard.

I don’t expect that to happen.

And it won’t be long before Shearer’s comments on John Key’s memory get thrown at back at him.

Shearer may be a relative rookie but he seems to have learned one thing quickly – “Do as I say, not as I do”.

Joe Bloggs at The Standard:

Shearer has been shown to be lacking in integrity and honesty.

This helps explain why Shane Jones has been brought back to the front benches of the Opposition… when serious questions are raised about the judgement of a senior caucus member, Shearer can no longer use his own behaviour as the measure of what is right and good. His moral compass is unreliable.

The rules on filing pecuniary interests are clear. Filing a false statement, a statutory document, not once but repeatedly, requires a full investigation. It’s important to hold members of Parliament to account. That’s what Parliament does – that’s parliamentary democracy in action. Bring it on.

In the meantime Shearer must be stood down – as Mallard said of Finlayson in much less serious circumstances, “he needs to go to the sin bin and not be allowed out until he can prove that each of his declarations have been factual”

Not holding breath – but note that Mallard is neither a chicken (poultry type) nor a rookie.

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  1. Darryl

     /  19th March 2013

    The very thought of David Shearer, as the PM, is simply an embarrassment in the making. The man can’t run his own affairs, lead his party, he speaks in riddles, so to rely on him to run the country, with Norman and Peter’s in his ear would be a catastrophy for NZ. Yet the left think they have a problem now, we are dam lucky to have John Key, especially when you look at the Left mixture.

  2. Joe Bloggs

     /  19th March 2013

    Well there is an upside for the left

    Shearer could bail out the Labour Party from all of its financial woes – just a little dip into his funds hidden in offshore bank accounts !!


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