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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George Eastman, founder of Kodak which sought Chapter 11 protection this week: