Labour turn 100 this week, at their lowest point ever


The Labour party turns 100 this year and, like a withered old pensioner in the depths of winter, many remaining members are wondering how many more years they have left.

The Labour Party is set to celebrate turning 100 this week and is staging a series of events.

A new history of the party will be launched in Wellington on Thursday and a special conference will be held on Saturday followed by a waterfront birthday bash.

Party leader Andrew Little will speak at the conference before it goes into closed session to work on changes to the way the party selects its list candidates.

The following day Mr Little will be at centenary events in Auckland.

He will speak at a meeting in the city, with a major policy announcement expected.

I can hardly wait for the major policy announcement. The last few have exploded in their face and sunk without trace.

But how serious can Labour really be when they have less than 4500 real members? Even then there is some concern about renewals being counted before members have renewed.

The Ratepayers’ Alliance in Auckland has many, many more members than the Labour party, or indeed the National party in Auckland.

Labour’s leader, Andrew little, is facing one definite and one possible defamation action. His net approvals are worse than Jeremy Corbyn’s and his leadership seems to move from chasing one passing car to the next. He, strangely, seems to think that he is leader because of his brilliance, rather than because of the abject cowardice of the rest of his caucus. On matters of caucus, it is the perceived wisdom (if you can call it that) of the press gallery that Andrew little has united his caucus. That is wrong and the caucus remains as fractured as it ever was.

Labour, on the eve of their 100th birthday, are probably wishing they could euthanise themselves, but they lacked the courage to put that bill before the parliament too.

The party is a shadow of its former self and will probably slip into a deep coma sometime in November 2017.


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