Could someone in Labour please say these things?

Julia Gillard is getting beaten up in the polls almost as badly as Phil Goff, but at least she is in tune with the modern world. Old Labour here havent seemed to work out that Chris Trotters Waitakere man now is more likely to be a tradie running his own business with a missus that also has a small business than they are union members.

Ms Gillard said that for a long period, the labour movement believed lifting incomes and ending poverty would lead to a better life for all, but now understood that for the disadvantaged, welfare of itself was not enough. “Of course, ensuring people have life’s basics is necessary, but change only comes by marrying a requirement for personal effort and responsibility with the customised supports that give people a hand up and out of poverty and dysfunction,” she said.

“For a long period of time, our great movement believed that the highest aspiration of working people was for a decent job. Now we understand it can be to run a decent small business.

“Protecting rights at work will always be central, but building skills, rewarding enterprise, encouraging the embrace of risk, helping people be their own boss, is part of the dream . . . too. Australians want to make their own choices and control their own lives. But this can only happen if the power of collective action, in creating opportunity, sharing risk and not leaving anyone behind, is joined to meaningful individual empowerment, joined to personal choices and control.”

Someone should ask Phil Goff where all the tradies are in the modern Labour Party. There aren’t any, so instead Labour is infested with public service union hacks rather than people who actually got their hands dirty when they worked.

It is no surprise Waitakere Man is voting for Paula Bennett.


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  • thor42

    Damned right.
    Labour are stuck in the 1950s cloth-cap unionist era. Always have been, always will be.
    If Labour wanted a recipe for becoming more relevant, the very first thing on the list would be to COMPLETELY divorce itself from the unions. That’ll never happen.

  • Gazzaw

    Why would tradies want to become associated with labour? Labour has nothing to offer them as small business owners apart from a lot of grief with company tax, capital gains tax, youth rates policy, anti 90 day trial period etc. Those old union bosses must be spinning in their graves watching the antics of show ponies such as McCarten. Little & Kelly.

  • Juliar may have the talk but there is no walk.
    Sorry Whale she GETS nothing.

  • Alan

    No the problem with modern labour is they no longer represent moden working People.
    they tend to be products of university campuses. They wouldn’t know how to change a light bulb most of them let alone get on the end of a shovel. For all the talk todays working generation are better people and harder workers than the pre and post war work force that held deep held resentments towards the boss.As I have stated before the 51 lock out on the wharfs was pay back to the union movement that failed to get on board with the war effort until Hitler’s invasion of the soviet union.