Saturday, March 23, 2013

The Herald on Shearer's memory

This morning's Herald editorial is scathing towards David Shearer. After noting that John Banks was not the best person to be giving Mr Shearer advice or taking umbrage, the leader writer opines:

Nevertheless, the incident, viewed in isolation, was a blow to Mr Shearer's credibility. At best, he could be accused of untidiness. At worst, informing Inland Revenue about the American account, which contains payments from his time with the United Nations, yet somehow forgetting his obligations to Parliament, suggested an inattention to detail unworthy of an aspiring Prime Minister.
Mr Shearer was also shown to have failed to adhere to the highest of standards after demanding that very thing from others. Inevitably, the episode invited accusations of hypocrisy such as that levelled by Mr Banks.
If Mr Shearer wants an extreme example of how potentially damaging that can be, he need only refer to the case of one of the Act leader's predecessors, perk-buster Rodney Hide. The incident also undermined his ability to criticise memory lapses by others, not least John Key. What we forget we do, indeed, we often come to regret.

David Shearer's credibility is in tatters. It is simply beyond belief that he would declare the existence of his US account to IRD, but forget that he had it when filling out his pecuniary interest return to Parliament, his employer.

When this story first broke, we were inclined to give Mr Shearer the benefit of the doubt. We are no longer so sure about that. David Shearer needs to stand aside as leader of the Labour Party.

6 comments:

Cunliffe of Herne Bay said...

No, keep him on. This is the tip of the iceberg of incompetence.

Grant McKenna said...

David Shearer is the best Leader of the Opposition that New Zealand has ever had, and I hope that he holds the position for many years to come.

Keeping Stock said...

Since the last Leader of the Opposition you mean Grant?

Big Bird said...

"It is simply beyond belief that he would declare the existence of his US account to IRD, but forget that he had it when filling out his pecuniary interest return to Parliament..."

Is Banks a liar and a crook? Is it beyond belief that he would forget those helicopter rides and meetings to solicit large sums of money? Should he be moved aside from his position as a Minister in Key's government?

Bogusnews said...

I've been trying to find out what prompted Shearer to come clean on this. By that I mean, did he voluntarily fess up, or did he learn it was about to be exposed and then fessed up. If the latter, then it would raise some interesting questions.

Does anyone know?

Keeping Stock said...

That's a very good question Bogusnews; an exceptionally good question! Given that the account in held in New York, which is also where the United Nations is based, one could draw conclusions...