Labour go to their conference over the weekend with piss poor poll numbers and a leader that is unable connect with the New Zealand public.
The big questions for the Labour conference should be around winning. Labour are supposed to be the natural party of government under MMP, yet they have only been in power for 9 out of the 18 years of MMP so far, and look like staying out of power again after the election.
The first and most important question is why is Labour broke? Sources inside Fraser House say that there are repeated acrimonious discussions about Labourâs lack of money, and the dead set useless pair of Coatsworth and Barnett hiding from their responsibilities. Political parties cannot survive without good fundraising, and if Coatsworth and Barnett can’t bring the cash in they need to resign.
The next most important question is who can raise money, and who will replace Coatsworth and Barnett? Mike âFat Tonyâ Williams was a brilliant shakedown artist, and keep the Labour Party well funded for a long, long time. Will Labour be smart enough to bring Fat Tony back, or find a new Fat Tony? Whatever happens Coatsworth and Barnett have proven they can’t raise the money and this has consigned Labour to another election loss. Â Read more »