- I think Labour will be very pleased with their coverage over the weekend. Little’s speech seems to have gone down well. The bits of it I saw on the news didn’t connect with me, but perhaps I’m not the target market? Anyway, it all went smoothly which is a contrast to the Cunliffe years (year?) when everything was always a mess.
- I’m not upset to see them abandon their Capital Gains Tax policy. When they’re in government they can simply modify National’s half-baked CGT to make it more comprehensive.
- Bomber was at the conference! He wrote:One of the challenges facing the Labour Party is the ability to sell a united opposition, this Conference has shown how difficult that approach will be.Beyond all the nice words in public about the Greens and NZ First there are private mutterings. At this Conference, Labour were going to tell New Zealand who their preferred political partners would be so that there is no confusion about what form of coalition government could be formed post the election, but those plans of transparency were put on hold when the Greens and NZ First refused to agree to that announcement.
Inside NZ First, the Ron Mark faction who are closer to National than Labour don’t want to commit and within the Greens, James Shaw doesn’t want to lose the strategic edge he’s created by working with National.
- I don’t know about New Zealand First but I checked with the Greens and no such approach or proposal was made to them. I guess Labour are still seething about the Red Peak thing and prevailed upon Bomber to write this. It’s not true.
- It’ll be interesting to see what Little decides to do in Mt Roskill when Goff almost-inevitably wins the Auckland mayoralty next year. A high-profile win in an Auckland by-election is pretty much the best thing that could happen for him. But he’s not a local, and if National ran a strong local candidate and defeated Little in a long-term Labour seat a few months before election year then that would be a catastrophe. Labour seems to be a culturally risk-averse party so I’m guessing he won’t stand.