Labour’s Congress meeting over this past weekend was inspiring, and hugely energising. This post is going to be a bit more evangelical than most on Polity, but that’s how I feel this morning.
We heard a superb set of politics emerge about education, always a core theme for Labour. I’ll post on this separately, but the choice New Zealanders face is very clear – would you rather invest more into paying top principals like corporate CEOs, or put that money into a smaller classes for our kids?
We had the chance to compare notes with fellow activists around the country, getting ourselves set for the 11 week sprint to the election.
We got not one but two treats in the form of speeches from our leadership. On Saturday, David Parker gave a real tub-thumper1 on the egalitarian ideals of Labour. And the leader’s speech on Sunday was a superb call-to-arms from David Cunliffe, sending everyone home in exactly the right spirit of both pride and optimism.
We also saw for the first time our campaign slogan, which will soon be plastered up and down New Zealand. Vote Positive.
This is a very nice slogan, and it cuts to the heart of the Labour project. Labour has big, bold solutions to offer on the big, serious issues facing New Zealand. The contrast with managerial tinkering could not be more clear.
When voters see “Vote Positive”, it cues their impressions of Labour’s ideas – our plan – which we know are highly positive in most areas. We now have the battle of the slogans (and hashtags etc) all set. The battle is a team with a star versus a team with a plan.