Friday, July 30, 2010

DESTABLISING LABOUR

Much has already been written on the extraordinary events of yesterday. I am particularly attracted to the Chris Trotter blog post and those by Inventory2 on the previous post. Their arguments are worth developing

It is a fact that the Labour Party has a very small membership and smaller activist base. Much of it comes from the Trade Union (or Left) side of Labour. They are becoming (have become) increasing concerned with the 'National Lite' policy direction taken by Goff who is seen as aligned with the caucus 'Right' and less kindly disposed to the Union, Rainbow and Feminist factions. His move to endorse National's proposal to allow workers to 'cash in' their 4th weeks holiday almost amounts to treason in their eyes.

And so it was that Carter yesterday executed would was perhaps the most botched up non-coup in New Zealand political history.

Read zip into the fact the the Labour caucus voted unanimously to expel him. Who in that bunch of incompetents would have dared to do otherwise?

But the fact remains that Goff is the the catalyst for Labour's discontent rather than Carter. The messenger shoots himself in the foot and Goff shoots the messenger and all the while Cunliffe pledges total loyalty.

7 comments:

Inventory2 said...

Goff is returning to his roots - especially those which sprung between 1984 and 1988 when he supported Sir Roger Douglas' reforms.

Murray said...

You seem to have missed the point that people deserted labour because it was run by those of the left special interest group actists of labour.

National isn't national lite, let alone National. National are labour lite.

Carter is the problem, not Goff. Goff is where he is because of Clark and Key. I wouldn't take his job if you paid me an MP's slary with perks.

Labour isn't going to lose the next election because of Goff, its going to lose it because of Clark.

The Veteran said...

Murray ... I'm talking about where the 'real' power is in the Labour Party.

The 'people' you refer to don't count in that contest.

Gooner said...

But the fact remains that Goff is the the catalyst for Labour's discontent rather than Carter.

Maybe. But it is actually Clark, Williams and Cullen's fault.

Anonymous said...

But it is actually Clark, Williams and Cullen's fault.

Its the entire fucking socialist mess's fault.

Clark will be the last damn socialist ever elected anywhere.

Fuck even the actually "socialists" in Greece are cancelling benefits, firing civil servants, hell they're actually firing on benefits.

Bartholemew Longbottom said...

The problem for Labour is not that Goff is "National lite". It is that National is "Labour lite". And "Labour lite" is what the election-winning swing vote (e.g. me) want.

National might be slowly and surgically removing the worst excesses of Labour's unsustainable pork-barrel economy destroyers, but there are many warts left to go (did someone say Families Commission?). In the meantime the socialist core remains (free healthcare, universal accident insurance, social welfare, superannuation etc).

If that throbbing socialist heart of NZ falls under National's free-market knife, Labour will be able to reclaim its original political Agenda - and very likely win an election. In the meantime, National will bask very happily in the warm socialist glow of (former) Labour policies.

WAKE UP said...

"Labour isn't going to lose the next election because of Goff, its going to lose it because of Clark."

The most succinct summation of the malaise I have seen to date. Congratulations.