I have had people ask me why I post on politics in the UK and in Australia.
My usual answer is because I believe them to be relevant. Those two countries provide a hint as to what happens in domestic politics. Especially with the Labour party.
Whilst National maintains loose ties with the Conservatives ¬†in the UK and somewhat closer ties with the Liberals in Australia it is Labour that maintains very close ties with Labour in Australia and the UK labour party.
Many of David Shearer’s and now David Cunliffe’s strap lines and core policies come from UK Labour. So watching what happens in those countries leads to a closer and better understanding of what is going on here.
Which brings me to Labour’s problems in New Zealand…and the similarity between the problems the ALP is currently experiencing.
THE time has come for someone to take the Labor Party by the scruff of the neck and shake it until it recognises reality, truly admits defeat, reorders its priorities and changes key policies that have failed it repeatedly at the ballot box.
Logic and survival dictate that the ALP must drop the convoluted arguments it has used for defending the carbon tax, the mining tax and its economic management for much of the past six years.¬†Labor has to do what Tony Abbott did to the legacy of John Howard‚Äôs Work Choices, and bury and cremate the mining and carbon taxes.¬† Read more »