A reader emails about the Labour party.
I’ve been thinking about Labour and all their dramas as aside from anything else, I believe that any successful democracy needs to have a strong opposition if nothing else, it keeps more of the population engaged in the outcome of the political process which can only be a good thing.
There’s been thousands of words written on the subject already but it dawned on me today that one of the critical areas that they are failing in is relevance.
Relevance to the people that matter in particular.
As an example, David Parker’s observations regarding the Police search of Nicky Hager’s home.. Instead of wading in boots and all, imagine for example if he had just said, “the matter is now in the hands of the Police and we’ll have no comment to make on the subject until that process is complete”. What Labour don’t get is that their opinion does not matter on things that simply do not affect middle New Zealand aka – the very people they need to appeal to regain the treasury.
I wonder at the number of times David Cunliffe had the opportunity to win over middle New Zealand, yet continuously fumbled the relevance football during his entire time as Leader.
Just one of the many times he could and should have stamped his mark as a Leader in waiting would have been immediately after his now infamous “holiday” during the campaign. Read more »