It’s a weird moment for the Labour Party at Conference this weekend.
We’re successful and the leadership is outstanding. Haven’t been able to say that for a decade.
Economy is doing fine, unemployment is low, crime is low.
The government is popular, and the Coalition has been unified.
The Prime Ministers’ crisis leadership has been exemplary.
Her emotional intelligence in leadership plays like Rachmaninov on a black grand piano.
The Coalition agreement promises have been largely fulfilled.
Labour’s financial stewardship has enabled headroom in the “bank” if something goes wrong (in most 6-year sets something usually has).
The Opposition have scored no hits, no Ministers have resigned.
Labour goes into election year in a really good space, and 2021 promises a seriously good year for the government through its Auckland-based events.
The Party will get a new President after the last one was basically fired.
They haven’t really made much impact on poverty or homelessness, the big transport projects are quite a while away, few of the working groups have fixed anything, and Labour are no challenge to any major status quo.
But it’s the most successful and popular centre-left party in the world.