Labour’s Kodak moment

Chris Trotter writes that Labour is yet to have it’s “Kodachrome Moment”:

My friend, the photographer and artist, Barry Thomas, reckons the manufacturers of Kodachrome and the New Zealand Labour Party have a lot in common. Both were once at the cutting edge. Both had something to sell which masses of people were happy to buy. And both, by failing to keep pace with a rapidly changing world, have seen the power of their “brand” dwindle and fade.

Ouch, Trotter isn’t holding back:

Mention Labour in 2012 and most New Zealanders will struggle to conjure-up any images at all, apart from a succession of vaguely recognisable faces and a sorry string of embarrassing headlines.

The Labour Party Opposition should be in the business of displaying courage, thinking the unthinkable, searching for the root causes of the nation’s problems and coming up with solutions that require the voters to discard their prejudices, step away from past failures, and take the risk of committing themselves to something new.

A successful Opposition doesn’t waste time attacking the Government, it devotes itself to enlisting the electorate in a great adventure.

If a vote for Labour is anything less than a decision to join that great adventure then the party will share the fate of Eastman-Kodak. It neglected its core business: preserving people’s memories. Labour’s core business, in 2012, must be stimulating New Zealanders’ imagination.

Using digital, colour, and, if necessary, black-and-white.

 


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  • What Trotter misses is that Labour are the last party to be able to find ‘the root causes of the nation’s problems’, because it is their very politick at the root of those problems.

  • Apolonia

    Labours Welfarism is “over-developed” but Trotter wants more.They have spent to much time in the dark room and have been over-exposed for what they really are.

  • Anonymous

    To come up with solutions to the nation’s problems, Labour would need to be well to the right of National. Can’t see it happening.

    • Petal

      This is true.  While National hold Labour’s policy platform to ransom, there is nowhere for them to go.

      The only problem?  A left coalition will rise from the ashes.

      • @BoJangles

        Too true.  And our MMP system, especially if the threshold reduces to 4% , will give rise in 2014 to a majority brown, green and red coalition, with a dash of winny to flavour.      Ouch!! 

  • Anonymous

    The problem with Labour is that they have a “play book” (like a sports coach) and that book will only ever have these “moves” in it –
    a) Tax more.
    b) Spend more. 
    c) Don’t touch welfare.   
    Fat lot of progress you’ll make when your “policies” are restricted to those three things. 

    • joe Bloggs

      4. Play the individual not the issue

      • Petal

        The word issue isn’t in the playbook

  • Than

    “coming up with solutions that require the voters to discard their prejudices”

    Does Chris not see that this is exactly Labour’s problem? If your solution requires a voter to discard their prejudices, they will keep their prejudices and vote for somebody else.

    Obvious example; extending WFF to beneficiaries. A policy Chris has praised, and I presume he thinks voters should have discarded their prejudices about those on benefits. But they didn’t, the policy was extremely unpopular, and it probably cost Labour a few percent by itself.

  • Petal

    H1 and H2 were parasites.  They consumed the host and left it for dead when it was no longer of any use.

  • Vikingonmars

    Ha Petal, hopefully they will do the same at the UN. We would be well rid of that parasitic world bug.

  • jay cee

    mr trotter may have a point, but then he’s the guy who wrote off national after their disasterous campaign back in 2002. your forever talking labour down people is making wonder who you are trying to convince and who’s running scared here then?

  • Anonymous

    The Labour Party Opposition should be in the business of displaying courage, thinking the unthinkable, searching for the root causes of the nation’s problems and coming up with solutions that require the voters to discard their prejudices, step away from past failures, and take the risk of committing themselves to something new.

    They should be doing that in government. What’s the point of waiting until no-one is interested in your message before being bold?

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