An interesting little glimpse behind the scenes. Chris Trotter, writing off the liberal left:
This segment of the New Zealand Left is risibly small – probably numbering fewer than 5,000 individuals. Very few of them occupy positions of genuine power or influence . . .
You can quibble about your definitions of liberalism, I guess but the Clark-Cullen government was undenaibly liberal and they held power for nine years; even when they fell apart in their last term they recieved ~800,000 votes in 08. The only demographic in which they maintained support was with educated, urban voters. I think it’s safe to say that a majority of university graduates have broadly liberal values, probably about 200,000 -300,000 voters in change (of course some of them vote Green, many more voted for Key after they were driven away from Labour by Clark’s indulgence of Winston Peters). So let’s assume at least 400,000 liberal left voters in New Zealand.
So it’s not unusual for Trotter to be ignorant and deluded and hopelessly wrong, and hopefully when I get this confused someone will have the decency to unplug my feeding tubes – but what is interesting is this comment at the end of the thread from one John Pagani:
I think this is the most astute reading of the state of left politics that I’ve seen recently Chris. It’s about connecting with things that matter to people and making politics work for people, instead of instructing people in what’s good for them and inventing fabrications about the people the left represents. (Emphasis mine.)
Pagani is Phil Goff’s strategy advisor.