A regular reader and correspondent sent in this guest post about Labour.
I enjoy reading blogs and opinion pieces from across the political spectrum.¬† Including The Standard, The Daily Blog as well as various opinion pieces in the newspapers.
At present we are less than 80 days away from the 2014 election.¬† The election and the possible outcomes are constantly on the minds of the political tragics from both the left and the right.¬† Much of NZ don‚Äôt really seem to care.¬† They don‚Äôt understand that the outcome of the 2014 election may have an impact on many aspects of their life.
I spend much time thinking what will be the makeup of the government after 20 September 2014.¬† Personally (and this may come as a surprise to some people is that I am probably comfortable with a Centre left Government.¬† I would be much more happy with a National Party Government, but a Centre Left Government in the mould of the 1999-2008 Government would be acceptable.¬† I have a stable job and my mortgage is very manageable.¬† But there is one thing that worries me greatly.
My deep concern which is very dear to my heart is how stable will a Left Government be.¬† I believe that a stable Government will be the single most important outcome of the 2014 election.
An unstable Government is not going to be good for NZ.¬† The people most impacted will be the typical supporter of one of the many left parties.¬† Helen Clark held together very successfully coalition Governments.¬† John Key has done had it easier with options to the right with Act and Dunne in the centre, and to the left with the Maori Party.¬† Clark had strength of personality, the stick of Heather Simpson, and a caucus which was more or less 100% behind her.¬† Key remains National‚Äôs biggest asset and in the latest round of opinion poll is still untouchable with over 50.0% party support and an unprecedented support as the preferred Prime Minister.¬† There are no public rumblings of dissent.
But there is a massive issue looming for any in-coming Labour led Government.¬† And this is the point of this guest column.¬† I am genuinely interested in the views of the left supporters (if there are any who lurk here)¬† My proposition is that part of the reason (there are a whole lot of reasons) why support for the left (Labour and Greens) is barely moving off 40% is that the left are not convincing the middle ground voters that they will be able to deliver stable Government to NZ.¬† The Coalition of the Left will be made up of multiple parties. ¬† ¬† Read more »