Realists and Dreamers, why Labour is screwed

The Labour party is in dreadful trouble.

The problem they have is a large amount of their supporters think they have nothing to be ashamed of, that they should keep on keeping on doing what voters have rejected for 3 elections now.

Looks at the attitudes of Len Richard’s, the man who famously attacked a protestor with a megaphone.

More than a decade of dirty politics aimed at demonising and destabilising the Labour Party by well-organised and well-funded opponents have taken their toll. The opinion polls reflect the public mood deliberately created by the spin doctors of the right, and the very poor election results for Labour over the last three elections reflect the polls.

They can’t have it both ways.For years the left?wing said the blogosphere was irrelevant, especially me…now we are responsible for the demise of the Labour party.

Deluded is a kind word for people like Len Richards. Dinosaurs is appropriate.

Suggesting Labour lurch further to the left when more than 60% of the voters voted centre right is serious delusion. ?

John Tamihere knows what the problem is:

Under Helen Clark the party was captured by academics and tertiary-educated leaders of a union movement that never worked a shop floor. They concentrated on identity politics and controlled the party not on the great economic issues, but on whether you were gay, Maori, feminist, bisexual, etc.

The party machinery then populated the Parliament with a narrow compass of appeal.

They lost because they no longer reflect their voter demographic either in values or in priorities. They have driven people like myself out of the conversation and out of contributing to the party. They have lost connection with middle New Zealand and, particularly, men.

Yep, Labour lost its way in playing identity politics.

So too does Josie Pagani:

Labour focused on leading a left bloc instead of maximising its own support, and believed it could mobilise 800,000 people who didn’t vote in 2011.

It didn’t try hard enough to appeal to National Party supporters, while people grew wary that it would rely on parties they really didn’t like.

It seemed at times out of touch with the hopes and lives of working people, distracted by issues like gender-quotas, fast trucks and dead trees, which reflected a lack of confidence that its core values are popular enough to win.

Voters began to think Labour was trying to make you a better person rather than better off.

The problem with Labour is it doesn’t know what it is anymore.

Instead of representing working voters they now represent poofs, bludgers and criminals…and there isn’t much t like about that.


– NZ Herald