The right wing of the Labour Party are constructing a narrative that Labour need to stop chasing distractions and focus on the real issues that matter and not these silly GCSB, inequality, domestic violence, media bias, TPPA issues.
It is the instructive parent chastising a teenager for chasing dreams and not growing up.
If that narrative was true however, David Lange’s nuclear free NZ vision would have never generated the sense of interconnectedness and solidarity that swept Labour into power.
Vision makes the difference in an election.
The GCSB mass surveillance state Key has created represents the largest erosion of Civil Liberties we’ve seen since the 1951 Waterfront lockout. Key’s Government has borrowed billions for tax cuts to the richest NZers while 250 000 – 285 000 children live in poverty. 20 000 women and children sheltered in women’s refuge last year. Media bias has a direct impact on the health of our democracy and contributes to the low voter turn out which last election was one of the lowest in a century. The TPPA represents a massive loss of economic sovereignty to the United States which puts us in direct collision with our largest trading partner China and the Prime Minister won’t tell us what he’s signing us up to.
THOSE are the issues that can stir the passion and engagement, just as Nuclear Free did. Key sells empty optimism mixed with vacant aspiration as his vision, Cunliffe has to surprise with his.
We are educated citizens, if we could comprehend complex issues like Nuclear Free and Apartheid in the 1980s, why are we suddenly too stupid to comprehend big issues now?