(ed:..nz labour should be tearing up/rewriting their election-strategy most days..you’d think..?
now from britain they are seeing/getting a whole new success-gameplan: seeing what a strong (radical’ even)-manifesto – promising real change on multiple levels – poverty-busting/taxing the richest/promising real environmental-change/abolishing university fees etc. etc. –
what such a brace of policies can do to/for a political party/leader both mired in polling-quicksand..
(any of that sound familiar..?..that ‘mired in (polling)-quicksand’ bit..?…especially..?..)
and if nz labour aren’t watching this unfold – and taking heed – and action – they deserve a special award for setting a whole new benchmark in sticking your (collective) head in the sand..
and of course our tories will be doing what may has tried: that ‘safe pair of hands’ /more-of-the-same bullshit..
corbyn/labour are showing what a strong/well-articulated/well-argued policy-manifesto can do for a moribund labour party..and how that can sweep those ‘stable’/’safe-hands’ tory-arguments to the four winds..
so there you go/are nz labour! – cobble yourselves together a ‘radical-manifesto’..promise real poverty-busting/environment-protection etc etc…and go for it..!..eh..?
let angry-andrew and jacinda say what needs to be said…
..that what we are doing now is clearly not working…we have poverty/inequality/homelessness/environmental-degradation to obscene levels..
and promise to change that..
there is a mood/hunger/thirst out there for a different way of doing things…for doing something meaningful about poverty/low-wages/the environment/debt-saddled students/out of control house prices etc etc..
whether or not labour have the courage/vision to see/grab this moment/opportunity being offered to them on a plate..is another question..
or if/will they just continue pointing at the tories/national and saying ‘we aren’t quite as bad as that lot’ as (their) main reason why we should all vote for them..?
that clearly ain’t enough..eh..?
and if labour just serve up another menu of their neoliberal-incrementalism they have so studiously /assiduously followed for so long..they will sleepwalk to defeat..
and will gift the tories their fourth term..
the choice for nz labour is simple really..
promise real changes
(not just more houses for the middle class – and more on healthcare – and fuck everyone else! – which is all we have had to date..)
and victory will be yours..
just promise even more neoliberal-incrementalism..
and defeat will be yours..)
(footnote: some ‘easy’-policies:
financial transaction tax..
capital gains tax..
guaranteed basic income..
strong ‘green policies’ – encouraging electric-vehicles etc.
nationalise the water-exporting industry..
(oh..!..and while you are at it..promise to legalise pot..eh..?..polling consistently shows support for legal pot running at about 80%..
what are you waiting for..?..100% support..?
how about doing your jobs – and enacting the clearly-articulated will of the people on this issue..?
are you seriously going to let dunne with his current patch-protection-plan for big-pharma (no personal growing allowed – you must buy the sponsers’-product)..(!)..fuck off dunne..!
are you really going to let that toe-rag dunne structure/control the dialogue/debate on/around this issue..?
because you are too ‘scared’..?
‘being scared’ won’t win you any elections..eh..?..)
First there was Brexit.
Now the UK could be in for another shock election result.
May framed her campaign around issues of leadership and Brexit – telling voters that only she could be trusted to lead a ‘strong and stable’ government to get the best exit deal from the EU.
She spent the first weeks of the campaign crowbarring that phrase into interviews.
Asked about wages she said the ‘strong and stable leadership of the Conservatives’ would boost the economy.
On taxes she said they’d come down through ‘strong and stable leadership’.
Asked what a ‘mugwump’ was (long story) she replied: ‘What I recognise is that what we need in this country is strong and stable leadership’.
This robotic repetition is a technique beloved by the Conservatives’ chief election strategist – Australian’s own Sir Lynton Crosby – who says it works to ‘cut through the static’ of the modern media.
In 2015 former UK prime minister David Cameron won with his ad nauseum catchphrase ‘long-term economic plan’ which Sir Lynton later said was a simple statement about trustworthiness: ‘The emotional element was the risk to those jobs – the risk to that economic plan that Ed Miliband and his weakness would pose’.
Sir Lynton said he was inspired by a 2007 book by an American psychologist called The Political Brain.
In it the author writes ‘the goal is to convince voters that your candidate is trustworthy – empathic and capable of strong leadership and to raise doubts about the opposition along one or more of these dimensions’.
You can almost imagine Sir Lynton thumbing through The Political Brain to this line before coming up with ‘strong and stable leadership’.
(ed:..and of course back here in new zealand – the upcoming election campaign will see our tories also trying it on with ‘strong and stable leadership’/’robotic-repetition’-bullshit..
the game is really labours’ to call/play –
– i hope they have the intelligence/vision/courage to both see and do that)