The Andersons Bay Peninsula Branch of the Labour Party has been one of the most active, progressive and politically innovative branches of the Labour Party over the last 18 months.
IMO no other Labour Party branch in Dunedin North or South has come anywhere close to our operational record of weekly meetings, event organisation, guest speakers, broad demographic involvement (particularly those under 50 years of age) and general membership growth. Not to mention our outreach to members and supporters of the Greens, Internet Party, Mana Party and others.
However, at a Special Formal Meeting of the Andersons Bay Peninsula Branch this afternoon, branch members and officers/delegates voted to put the branch into recess. All officers and LEC delegates of the branch have publicly indicated that they will be resigning from their positions.
In general terms, Labour as an organisation is failing ordinary Kiwis both locally in Dunedin and centrally in Wellington on many different levels and it shows every sign of continuing on that track. We want no part of propping up the Thorndon Bubble careerist ‘pretend and extend’ set any further and will be moving on to new political projects.
Several of the current officers and LEC delegates of the ABP Branch have become deeply dissatisfied with the performance and direction of the Labour Party both locally and in Wellington and no longer wish to remain in their roles or continue supporting the party.
Labour’s inability to be consistent in opposing the neoliberal/corporation-drafted Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), the softening of the stance against the 90-day right to fire, the ethnically divisive and ineffective tactics against Chinese property buyers in Auckland, the voting for National’s inequitable and discriminatory social welfare reform legislation, and the support of National’s spying and anti-terrorism bill, all point to a Labour Party which is now lost at sea but does not appear to recognise that fact.
The palpable sense conveyed has been that apart from minor
tinkering, there are no likely or viable prospects for positive, real progressive change coming from the Labour Party in the foreseeable future.