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10:26 pm, February 4th, 2015 - 3 comments
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The Labour Local Government Council ran a hui last Friday in Wellington. I went along for the day and it was one of the better Labour events I have been to in a long time – good community organisers sharing and discussing what works and what wins elections. No surprise that what works is local – face-to-face enquiry about people’s own issues, and responsive communication. It was a great start to the year, and to the electoral cycles, local and national.
Andrew Little kicked it off and as usual he was open and direct. Paul McMahon LLGC chair spoke about how Christchurch was organised, Cr Paul Eagle about organising in Wellington, and Cr Penny Gaylor about Otaki as an example of communicating in provincial New Zealand. Local Board members Efeso Collins and Lotu Fuli from Otara/Papatoetoe and experienced hands Richard Northey and Robert Gallagher rounded things out.
I had meant to post something earlier about how good it was but was reminded today when I received the first of the new Crosby/Textor blogmails titled “The Minder’s Guide.” In it they made three points – the headings were:
On of the titles they rejected was “Text said we should have a blog”. I take all this to mean that the past Crosby/Textor style has hit the buffers and Text thinks it needs a refresh. Elections are more difficult to predict, as the old Australian verities about one-term governmentnever losing disappear and FPP Britain heads for minority government. Crosby/Textor are struggling with the Internet like everyone else.
But where I absolutely do agree with them is that being aligned with the community is more important than ever. That’s a message Labour needs to take to heart as well. There are some very good organisers in Labour’s Local Government Council and they know that already – it wins elections.
I’m not sure the same can be said for the Labour Party as a whole as we have been guilty perhaps of being too keen to tell people what we think, rather than listen to what they think and respond constructively. I think it is food for thought for Labour’s review – if that’s where Crosby/Textor are heading, then we’d better get there first.