The Dom Post editorial says a lot about the state of the Labour party:
Labour’s real problem is that it has failed to present itself as a credible government-in-waiting. That is partly due to the insistence among many grassroots members that it swing even further to the Left, instead of chasing the Centre voters who decide elections. As a result, Mr Shearer has been slow to jettison losing policies, such as last year’s promise to extend Working for Families tax credits to beneficiaries.
As long as policies like that remain on the table, Labour will continue to alienate too many voters. Infighting and disunity does nothing to help its cause.
John Key said the other day that labour can’t even run a credible conference, so why should New Zealanders consider them for running the country.
He’s right, and leadership spills and internal fighting do nothing to lull the voters into choosing Labour.