A lot of NZ Labour’s problems come from its ideological hatred of the private sector, and their kneejerk opposition to anything involving the private sector – regardless of the impact a programme may have in helping the most disadvantaged.
They’re against privately managed prisons, even if they do a better job of rehabilitating prisoners.
They’re against charter schools even if they do a better job of helping the most disadvantaged students gain qualifications
And we’re seen it again with their kneejerk opposition to social impact bonds. Labour seem to have no fresh ideas of their own, just a long list of things they oppose.
Now take social impact bonds. Are they some sort of right wing master plot to privateer and make money out of social services? No doubt they were pioneered by Market Thatcher and Ronald Reagan.
Well here are the parties that have been implemented social impact bonds overseas:
- UK Labour in 2010
- NSW Labour in 2011
- US Democrats in 2012
- Massachusetts in 2012
- NY State Democrats in 2013
You can have a valid view on the benefits and risks of social impact bonds. But the reality is that these are initiatives pioneered by centre-left Governments that rightly are focused on what works, rather than whether or not it involves the private sector. But NZ Labour seem unable to get past its ideological opposition to the private sector, so they remain stranded as a party that stands for little, but opposes a lot.