Labour was planning on offering a different way of doing things, Shearer said.
The Government had the same vision as was used in the 1960s - selling protein off-shore.
Oh dear. That will give confidence to the primary industries and exporters.
Perhaps he thinks we should sell it all in New Zealand and keep the profits here? Perhaps he has not yet learned that protein is but a minute portion of milk solids? Perhaps he's just trying to be smart and not succeeding?
Someone needs to take him by the ear and firmly rub his nose in a few home truths about the difference between exporting butter, lamb carcases and sides of beef to Great Britain (1960s) and the vast myriad of value added products manufactured in New Zealand and exported by Fonterra; the remarkable development of luxury specialist cuts of beef, lamb and venison, sold all over the globe (2011.)
If this is the best he can do, he won't last very long at all.
PS With Ma Hooter in charge of Education the teachers' unions can look forward to being crushed by 2014. And with Cosgrove as chief parliamentary attack dog, the Gnats can look forward to nothing more injurious than the odd tickle now and again. He couldn't land a hit on a tied down punchbag.