Why Goff can't get any traction?

In 2008 the New Zealand public removed the former colossus of New Zealand politics, Helen Clark from power. Clark was thrown out because her regime became tired in the minds of New Zealand, and Clark lost her mojo, getting issues like smacking wrong. She became out of touch with the New Zealand public and her free spending ways in tough times made no sense disconnecting Labour with the very people who should have been working for her.

These failed policies are what have caused New Zealand to have to borrow $380m per week, and it is the failed policies that the current Labour Party has not moved on from, as much as it has not moved on from the previous regime by keeping the top middle managers from 99-08 in key positions. These key positions keep the public firmly focused on the fact they got rid of Labour due to the failed policies Clark introduced, policies that have held New Zealand back.

If Labour are serious about winning power they need a clean break with the past. They need someone who is clearly identifiable as from the outside of the Clark regime, and someone who has very limited connections with the failed policies New Zealand associate with Clark.

Labour faces two major problems, the first is that Goff, King, Mallard, and Hodgson hold too much sway and are too closely associated with Clark and her failures. The second is they don’t have anyone who can break the link with the past, and clearly articulate a new vision for Labour that accepts Labour failed and were kicked out for failing.

Labour have made this problem worse by not bringing in much new blood that isn’t from the gaggle or self serving. They haven’t done the sensible thing and used the 2011 election for regeneration, and it is likely some of their more able MPs will lose their seats.


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  • middleagedwhiteguy

    I think Labour’s big problem is that those who hold too much sway in Labour are Goff, King, Mallard and Hodgson.

    They have simply run out of coat-tails to ride on, and are being found out for the sycophantic talentless hacks they actually are. We have all worked with those sort of people. The Stars, The Golden Boys, The Attention Whoring Prima Donna’s who sing their own praises. Then comes the day when they are found out for who they actually are.

    This is what has happened with Labour.

  • gazzaw

    They must now look to 2014 for the very survival of Liabore. They must not only ditch the parliamentary old guard they must address the very ethos of the party. The public has clearly had enough of the teachers unions & Unite and on that basis Liabore must question Andrew Little’s grab for power.

  • pdm

    Others that need to go are – Barker, Horomia and Dyson all of whom are way past their use by dates.

    It is probably still not to late for them to pull the plug.

  • andrewo

    I think it’s a much broader issue than mere personalities. They just don’t represent a significant segment of the population anymore.

    Time moves on and they have been left behind in the Hippy/Lefty 1960’s. Today’s ‘workers’ mostly aren’t unionised and are often self-employed or at least contractors. Think how well Labour policy stacks up with them!

    It just doesn’t. No connection at all

    If Labour wishes to represent real ‘workers’, they need to go out find some. Not just teachers.

    • gazzaw

      Andrew, there’s lessening support for all of the Liabore crap with young teachers too. My daughter is a bloody good young teacher and only three of her colleagues are union members. At her last school there were two. I guess it depends where you teach but the impression that I get is that the NZEI is largely the domain of older teachers, many of whom have been in the game too long but are too old to look for other career paths.

  • bevanjs

    How much policy have National changed?