The New Zealand Labour Party desperately needs three things to have a fighting chance in next year’s general election.
1. Immediately find a new leader with some charisma to be able to reconnect with people. Heather is absolutely right that Andrew is Labour’s biggest liability right now.
2. An election turnout in the upper 70%.
3. An (and this is inevitable, only the timing is unknown) economic shock and downturn in NZ. People’s party loyalties historically become strained significantly when things get tougher.
Even then I think it’s a big ask. The rot in the Labour Party has become so bad they can hardly be called an ‘opposition’ anymore.
Personally I think the only hope for socially conscious Kiwis is to wind up the Party altogether and hope enough of us turn to the Greens and Maori Party.