Len Richards: More than a decade of dirty politics aimed at demonising and destabilising the Labour Party by well-organised and well-funded opponents have taken their toll. The opinion polls reflect the public mood deliberately created by the spin doctors of the right, and the very poor election results for Labour over the last three elections reflect the polls.
So Len thinks Labour did nothing wrong, and Labour lost because of basically bloggers. My God.
His solution is for Labour to go more left wing. I hope they listen to him.
Brian Edwards: John Key, perhaps the most popular leader in New Zealand’s history, was deemed hugely likeable; David Cunliffe was widely disliked and mistrusted. Labour had the wrong leader.
Brian is right that leadership is important. It is only part of the challenge though.
Josie Pagani: Voters began to think Labour was trying to make you a better person rather than better off.
Which is what the Greens do.
John Tamihere: Under Helen Clark the party was captured by academics and tertiary-educated leaders of a union movement that never worked a shop floor. They concentrated on identity politics and controlled the party not on the great economic issues, but on whether you were gay, Maori, feminist, bisexual, etc. … hey have driven people like myself out of the conversation and out of contributing to the party. They have lost connection with middle New Zealand and, particularly, men.
It appears that 80% of men may have voted for parties other than Labour.