David Clark (who I otherwise have a lot of time for) comments in a Herald interview today:
Herald: What MP outside your party impresses you?
David Clark: Kevin Hague [Green]. Kevin is impressive in that he has been able to walk a line where he is seen as very reasonable, but also is able to challenge injustices where he sees them.
That’s Labour’s strategic problem right there. In the idea that being “very reasonable” and “able to challenge injustices” are mutually exclusive.
You see this all the time in Labour’s approach – they seem to think that basic social democratic values are somehow at the edge of the bell curve and are thus not “respectable” issues for a centrist party to take up.
I’ve a couple of comments about this:
1) “Mainstream” Kiwis quite like injustices being challenged.
2) You’re the fu*king Labour party, you’re supposed to be doing that challenging and to represent the values of social justice in the mainstream. When you don’t there’s no reason to vote for you instead of National or the Greens. Which is why your support is static.
There are 800,000 enrolled non-voters just waiting for you to realise this.