I am incredibly proud to have worked with some many great people during the election campaign, and to know that many times more put in the hard work as well to defend what we believe in.
Organisations like Both Eyes Open, Drinking Liberally, and The Standard have shown it is still possible to build grassroots movement in this country. All of us have shown that we still do care, that Kiwis will fight for what they believe in. Both Eyes Open operated in 29 centres around the country, incredible for an organisation that was only established about two and a half months ago. Around a hundred thousand leaflets and posters were printed off from The Standard’s Campaign Hub. You did this yourselves. We did not wait to be led by the hierarchies of the political parties, we led ourselves.
We lost but not through any fault of the all of us who put in so much work on the ground. The blame lies with the people who failed to use their time in power to build a stronger base in the working class for social democratic action and who, instead, spent political capital on largely symbolic acts like the anti-smacking law.
There’s no use in pointing fingers, however. Now, we need to gear up to oppose the National/Act government as it attacks work rights, environmental protection, and public services. We will not, cannot, stand idly by while they seek to destroy what has been built.
Together we will protest against their laws, we will spread the word as they attack the ordinary people of this country, and, most importantly, we will build consciousness by talking to our friends and families and encouraging them to oppose a government that will be acting against their interests.
This website will be there, as a hub, as a place where we can talk, learn, and organise. It will grow larger, better, and stronger every day. It will expand into new and exciting areas. During the tough times ahead, we will continue to fly The Standard high.