I have to disagree with my comrade ayb on his post calling for Labour to come up with a more detailed program. Though I understand the desire to see Labour come up some new and inspiring left-wing agenda, now is not the time.
Sure, maybe Phil Goff should come out with his own version of being ‘ambitious’ for New Zealand. Maybe Phil Goff should be more forcefully expressing Labour’s principles of a fairer and more equitable society. But this is not the time for Phil Goff to come up with solutions. It’s time for Labour to listen.
I mean, the whole reason they got turfed out last year was because people felt they’d stopped listening. Their job now is to engage and reconnect with New Zealanders. Labour wasn’t elected to government, and it’s not their job to come up with John Key’s solutions for him.
The desire to solve the country’s problems from opposition is a strong one. But the country will be better served by holding National account for their mistakes, and listening to the public. And when 2011 rolls around, then lay out an alternative vision to take into the election campaign.