Summarised by Centrist
In Grant Duncan’s analysis of Labour’s path back to relevance, he says that the party has shifted away from emphasising prosperity in its messaging. According to Duncan, middle-class Kiwis now associate Labour with spending (read “waste”) rather than prosperity, economic growth and wealth accumulation.
Duncan says Labour needs to find a compelling vision and policies to regain its lost support, particularly among younger voters. He suggests that Labour should focus on reducing inequality by improving workers’ skills and productivity while finding ways to reconnect with the electorate.
The current strategy of sneering at National amidst their three-way negotiations and hoping they fail is not a winner according to Duncan. He urges the Labour Party to rediscover the “Key to prosperity” as envisioned by John Savage’s Labour government of the 1930s. Seeing itself as merely a formidable opposition rather than a great government is an admission of defeat, says Duncan.