David Parker’s speech at Labour’s Congress today was passionate, comprehensive, and fully thought through. Respected for his intellect, Parker also said “My political heart lies in what has become something of a quaint notion these days, the notion of an egalitarian society. Perhaps it’s because of my Southern Presbyterian roots. It’s not just about equality of opportunity. It’s about decent outcomes as well.” Amen to that.
Here’s the link to the full speech and here’s his conclusion summarising Labour’s positive mini-manifesto to be released tomorrow.
Labour is presenting positive choices to New Zealanders for a positive future. The economy has to work for all New Zealanders. We will grow the economy, for greater prosperity and jobs. We will move the economy from volume to value.We will reform monetary policy for the challenges of the 21st century. We will secure the future of super. We’ll lift children out of poverty and restore the Kiwi dream of owning your own home. We will rebalance the economy and achieve greater equity.
Our pledge is to lift New Zealand. To raise our sights. To strive for success. To make New Zealand a better and more equal place. I’m an egalitarian politician. I’m here because I know that’s what Labour’s here for.
He got a standing ovation. I’ve seen a few of those over the years – this was one of the most deserving. You felt he meant it. You knew he would do it. You thought he could do it.