What is the point of the Labour party?

That was the headline in the UK on an article by Janet Daley. With just a few word and name replacements the article could easily be re-printed here with the same messages about our own Labour party.

Which of the following is Labour’s greatest electoral liability: a) Ed Miliband, b) Ed Balls, c) the trade unions, or d) the combined effects of a), b) and c)? Answer: none of the above. While certainly not underestimating the disincentive to vote Labour provided by any of those four options, I would argue that the greatest obstacle to the party’s return to power is much more fundamental – and far less easy to remedy – than any of them. It is the matter which the party thought for over a decade had been settled, but which is now about to dominate its conference with as much urgency as if Tony Blair had never been born.

Just replace Ed Miliband with Phil Goff, Ed Balls with Trevor Mallard and Tony Blair with Helen Clark and you can see how accurate that is.

I will explore the rest of the article in each part over a series of posts.

 


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

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