Matthew Hooton, in his NBR column tells the tale of how Labour are moving to shut down what they see as dissent inside their party.
Progress wanted Labour to take a more holistic view of who people are, how they live and where they want to be. As they see it, in a 24-hour day, people want the opportunity to spend eight hours being involved in creating something meaningful and valuable at work. They want another eight hours to enjoy time with their families and communities. And they need the remaining eight hours for sleep in a safe, warm, comfortable home.
Progress believes this more well-rounded vision is a far more accurate echo of the message of Labour’s original founders than the views of the “self-serving unionists and gaggle of gays” they believe have undue influence on the party today.
Alongside Labour’s approved factions – the Women’s Council, Te Kaunihera Maori, the unions, Rainbow, the Pasifika Sector and so on – the new Progress group thought they might have something to offer. It turned out they were wrong.