Goff has his big speech today. The idea is for the Labour leader to deliver a game changer that captures the mood of the public and sets the agenda for the year.
Me neither. But it will give us an insight into what the current leadershp thinks their party is about and who they want to represent. I think the only serious topic for his speech is superannuation:
- how New Zealand will pay for retirement is a real problem instead of a manufactured crisis.
- Labour occupies the moral high ground on the issue.
- A Labour leader can announce real policy (around Kiwisaver and super eligability ages) that Key simply cannot match.
- It let’s him talk about Labour Party values – welfare, shared responsibility etc and make the case for those ideals. Under Clark there was a drift towards the notion that leaders of the state need to impose their values on the public. Goff should make the case that Labour is really about the state serving the public.
- Goff could use statistics around super affordabilty and suspension of payments into the Cullen fund to rub Key and English’s faces in shit.
He can’t talk about the economy because it looks like it’s improving. He can’t go for law and order – the Nats haven’t been in government long enough to own crime as an issue. My guess is he’ll go for some culture war, conservative values based theme.
Update: The speech is – apparently – on the shape of the economic recovery. Which is a pretty smart direction to go down.