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Seriously, Labour need to bring in charismatic, energetic, hard working, intelligent, yet pragmatic, New Zealand leaders from industry (and I don’t mean the UN, unions, or student politics). These party apparatchiks and self-serving cretins are not inspiring anyone.
Labour need to step up and take on responsibility for the failures in Education, particularly among our fastest growing population, Maori and Pacific Island New Zealanders, and work out with their Education Unions what really needs to be done there if not charter schools (or even have the teachers union set up their own charter school to show how it should be done!), welfarism (a corruption of Labour’s original ideals in setting up the Welfare State), and the exploding social security burden of the retiring baby boomers. Rather than opposing everything National puts out as policy, agree where the problems lie and propose their alternative solutions, assuming they have better alternatives. I’m not seeing that, except with raising the retirement age.
Labour needs to be about problem solving, not wingeing, not being smug and snide, and internal bickering. Project an alternative brighter future. Be open and honest about the risks we face, and how they will be headed off/ mitigated with better policies. Leave the hard left ideological trash-talk to the far left parties and go for middle New Zealand.
BeaB you have hit the nail on the head. When the party itself can’t articulate what it stands for, the leader is weak and struggles for the support of his caucus Labour are simply not a credible option.
Labour’s leadership issues are a symptom of a deeper malaise. There is a limit to what a salesman/woman can do when the product is crap. But most Labour people do not want to admit that the product is crap, because it is what they believe in.