Yesterday Bryce linked to and commented approvingly on Chris Trotter’s latest exposition of his ‘Waitakere Man’ thesis. We all know it now: to win back power, Labour needs to become a workers party so they can win back the vote of ‘Waitakere Man':
. . . the sort of bloke who spends Saturday afternoon knocking-back a few beers on the deck he’d built himself, and Saturday evening watching footy with his mates on the massive flat-screen plasma-TV he’s still paying-off.
National’s partner – let’s call him Waitakere Man – has a trade certificate that earns him much more than most university degrees. He’s nothing but contempt for “smart-arse intellectual bastards spouting politically-correct bullshit”. What he owns, he’s earned – and means to keep.“The best thing we could do for this country, apart from ditching that bitch in Wellington and making John Key prime-minister,” he’d inform his drinking-buddies in the lead-up to the 2008 election “would be to police the liberals – and liberate the police.”
All the polls show us that the majority of the public likes Labour’s values. They prefer their polices! They despise the leadership of the party, but that’s a sound and sensible character judgement, not a rejection of liberalism.