Porirua mayor Nick Leggett has put up a couple of interesting posts for an international audience on progressonline, about Labour’s prospects in the upcoming election. While I don’t necessarily agree with all his specific policy preferences, I think his political message is timely and accurate. I agree with him that Labour’s approach to this election cannot be “just a list of things that you’re against.”
I could write National’s election pitch now. I don’t know where to find Labour’s in one place. The components are certainly there, as Nick Leggett points out. But they need to be pulled together, not buried under an endless barrage of negative press releases that sometimes appear to be more about personal point-scoring than focussing on the things that matter to voters.
I’m pleased Nick has aired his concerns. Politics is about perceptions, as the cliche has it. And he’s not the only one that has concerns. It’s time for Labour to focus more on the things that it’s for, and what it will do. That could be very popular with voters.