“Win government in 2017”, Labour Party President Nigel Haworth says

Labour leader Andrew Little riding a Pony.

Labour leader Andrew Little riding a Pony.

Tell ‘im he’s dreamin’

“We know it’s going to be difficult because we’ve got a well funded, well resourced government in power,” he told NZ Newswire.

The government has more money.  That’s why they will win?   Ask Kim Dotcom and Colin Craig if that’s true.

“We’re feeling very comfortable we’ve got a strong campaign.”

Oh, I’m so looking forward to it.  

Among the discussions on the table are incorporation, to give the Labour Party legal status for the first time.

That won’t get them a single extra vote.

There aren’t likely to be any major or contentious policy discussions though.

“I think the way it’s come out over the last year we’ve dealt with most of the hard issues, this year is very much about campaigning,” Mr Haworth said.

But delegates should expect some “tweaking”, while Labour Leader Andrew Little is also expected to announce a new policy on jobs.

PRICELESS!  Unemployment is the lowest under National below 5%, and the Labour party are still going to run a major policy plank on jobs.   You can’t make this stuff up.

“It will be an opportunity for us to reiterate our platform about New Zealand being a place of genuine opportunity for everyone regardless of the circumstances of their birth, and I’ll have a policy to announce relating to jobs,” Mr Little said.

That’s pandering to the union bosses.  But it doesn’t reflect the electorate out there.

The Party is expecting between 500 and 600 delegates to attend the three-day event which kicks off with a President’s welcome from Mr Haworth on Friday night.

The policy debate and workshops are scheduled for Saturday when New Zealand Council of Trade Unions President Richard Wagstaff and finance spokesman Grant Roberton [SIC] will also take the stage.

With the hard word on delegates not to waste time on fringe issues, the conference is attempting to have a more stage-managed feel to it.  Something to position the party in the eyes of the public and the press.

Good luck with that.

Labour’s history in opposition is that it has done better when it does not talk about policy.  Every time they roll out policy it misses the target, is half baked, riddled with problems, and Labour takes a hit in the polls.  Every time they go quiet, or they speak in general terms, they recover in the polls.

It’s time Labour cuts the crap.

 

– NZN via Yahoo! News

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