Today’s Herald editorial makes an important point – Labour coffers of concern to all donors.
The Labour Party’s financial deficit problems should be of concern to all New Zealanders. It is not necessary to be aligned with National or Labour to recognise that a healthy democracy needs two parties capable of providing sound government.
I agree strongly with that.
The problem with Labour is that they have to find a way of earning financial support.
Labour’s fundraising difficulties, revealed in its latest annual financial report, are not a surprise. Ever since the party’s former president, Mike Williams, stepped down there have been murmurs that his successors did not have the same persuasive touch with business donors.
But corporate leaders should not need much persuasion.
Why not? If they think a Labour led Government woukld be a backward step I can imagine they would need a lot of persuading.
There is a long tradition of large companies in this country donating fairly equitably to both major parties for exactly the reason already stated.
I don’t know how accurate that claim is.
Labour has a pragmatic leader in Andrew Little, who is going out of his way to win the confidence of business and focus the party on the nature of work and economic security in the future. The Greens, too, have a new co-leader with corporate experience and a businesslike outlook on issues. No mad-hatter party is around anymore.
Not exactly. Some people still see the Greens as a bit of a mad-hatter party.
I think that many more people see the Greens as a good voice to have in Parliament, especially on environmental issues, but have serious concerns about too much Green influence in Government, especially on financial and social issues.
And that’s a big part of Labour’s problem now they dabble around the 30% mark – they need not only Greens but also NZ First to form a Government at current support levels.
So voters fear the Green lean and worry about the Peters effect, especially as he seems to not want the Greens in a position of power and he looks down in inexperienced leaders like James Shaw – and Andrew Little.
The country will go to the next election with sensible alternatives on offer, to re-elect National for a fourth term or decide it’s time for a change.
We don’t know how sensible the change option would look yet (nor the same-old option).
Labour may have to hang in for a longer haul and it needs help. It deserves a fair deal from those doing well in an economy that took two parties to put right.
To earn ‘a fair deal’ from business donors they need to look like the will give businesses a fair deal if Labour run the next Government.
Otherwise Labour wil have to rely on the unions to give some financial help in return for the influence they get in the party and in choosing Labour’s leader.