Post mortems take time

I will have a lot to say about Labour’s result, but it will take a long time to say it (I blame having a job). Luckily, the healing process will take a long time. Or at least it SHOULD, if it is reasonable, considered, and honest. Hopefully it’s not a knee-jerk change of leader followed by more squabbling.

In the meantime, listen to David Shearer and ignore stories about ‘Shearer refuses to rule out leadership bid’. The man knows how to build consensus and reconciliation in post-conflict settings. Resolving Labour’s problems will take time. Changing leaders without addressing Labour’s structural problems won’t resolve anything.

If you’re interested, I’ve written extensively about Labour’s problems earlier this year. The events are dated, but I think the analysis is solid (although the tone is too harsh). In rough order of relevance: The Left needs the division of Labour, Progressives vs workers 1, Progressives vs workers 2, Labour’s Tea Party, Young Labour needs to move on, and Only Robertson can go to the centre. Apologies for the verbose writing, I had just finished postgrad study.

Basically, I think the far left of Labour should go join the Greens. There is a place for strong progressive politics, but it’s not in Labour. Labour needs to turn blue votes into red.

I repeat, listen to David Shearer.

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2 thoughts on “Post mortems take time

  1. Saying that Shearer’s experience in ‘post-conflict settings’ in places like Iraq will help him here is like saying that my experience in making quick decisions under pressure as a tetris player qualifies me to play All Blacks No. 10

    Shiites and Sunnis in Iraq only disagree about the theology divine will of Allah and Mohammed. The disagreements between Labours left and right factions are far more fundamental than that.

    Or at least, thats the mentality..

  2. “Basically, I think the far left of Labour should go join the Greens. There is a place for strong progressive politics, but it’s not in Labour. Labour needs to turn blue votes into red.”

    I think this analysis is spot on and the only way forward for the left in NZ. I am a bit concerned though that the traditional blue-collar base that Labopur need to return their focus to, may be more comfortable partnering with National than the Greens. This was evidenced by Shane Jones defection last year – he epitomises this traditional base and was so uncomfortable with the prospect of working in a cbinet with Green ministers that he quit.

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