Herald endorses Josie Pagani on Labour

January 16th, 2012 at 7:58 am by David Farrar

Today’s Herald editorial:

The Party could bounce back quickly from its heavy election defeat if it heeds the testimony of one of its candidates in a contributed column we published on Friday. wrote: “We didn’t sound aspirational, we sounded miserable. We were turning up on people’s doorsteps telling them their lives were gloomy …

“The hardest week to door- knock,” she said, “was when we were telling people who had just come home from a day’s work earning the minimum wage, that it was a great idea to extend their Working for Families tax credit to beneficiaries.” She could see them thinking, ‘so what’s the point of working my guts out all week while someone sitting at home on the dole gets the same tax credit as me?’

In a long line of bad policies (and a few good ones), this one was arguably the worst.

Labour’s new leadership will be listening to the likes of Ms Pagani. It has some highly aspirational young candidates who could have expected to come into Parliament if the party had not polled so low in November.

And if their list ranking had not protected incumbents.

If Labour can go to the next election with well-developed ideas for helping people who aspire to work hard, make sound choices, raise happy and healthy children, maybe start a business and invest their savings, it will strike a strong chord. If it can tell people only that they are poor, deprived, under-valued, and obese, it will not give the Government a run for our money.

Wouldn’t it be amazing to have Labour go into an election not vowing to punish the well off and raise taxes on them?

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7 Responses to “Herald endorses Josie Pagani on Labour”

  1. Psycho Milt (1,975 comments) says:

    Wouldn’t it be amazing to have Labour go into an election not vowing to punish the well off and raise taxes on them?

    It certainly would be amazing if Labour decided its job was to try and replace National/ACT, yes. It’s about as likely as Nat/ACT going into an election not vowing to punish the less-well-off and reduce their pay and conditions.

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  2. Grendel (873 comments) says:

    ah the bitter envy of a whiny lefty.

    Show us any evidence at all that National or Act had policies where they vowed to punish the less well off and reduce their pay and conditions.

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  3. Psycho Milt (1,975 comments) says:

    Would be a legitimate question if we’d seen any evidence for Labour having a policy to punish the well off.

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  4. BeaB (1,948 comments) says:

    I laughed at The Herald saying how harder working Labour were on select committees etc than National. Of course they are. They have lots of time being in opposition and just love endless time-wasting committees that nobody takes much notice of anyway except policy wonks and lobbyists.

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  5. BeaB (1,948 comments) says:

    And now we are meant to give them any credence after they insisted their policies were brilliant for months and months.
    Are they just quietly dropped? Don’t they believe in them any more? Did they ever or are they truly the cynical tosspots I have always thought?

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  6. Grendel (873 comments) says:

    how about raising the highest tax rate milt? how will that not punish the ‘well off’. of course unlike you envy laden lefties i dont equate having a high annual income with being ‘well off’. i don;t know how long they have had the income and what they had to sacrifice to get there.

    How about CGT? that only punishes those with assets. How about campaigning to raise the minimum wage to an unsustainable $15? thats going to hurt not only the employers who now have to find more money for wages, but the people who now cannot get a job or get let go as they are not worth $15 an hour.

    There you go milt, in just 20 seconds of thought i found your examples. thinking is good, you should try it.

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  7. Francis_X (143 comments) says:

    “Psycho Milt (575) Says: January 16th, 2012 at 8:31 am Wouldn’t it be amazing to have Labour go into an election not vowing to punish the well off and raise taxes on them? It certainly would be amazing if Labour decided its job was to try and replace National/ACT, yes. It’s about as likely as Nat/ACT going into an election not vowing to punish the less-well-off and reduce their pay and conditions.”

    +1

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