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The Left has been left : Comments

By Everald Compton, published 20/12/2019

But, there is hope that, across the Tasman in New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda will become the world standard bearer for those on the Left, even though New Zealand is a tiny isolated nation.

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How could anyone say that the last election " Ö. should never have been lost" by the ALP after it's unacceptable policies and it's arrogant 'if you don't like it don't vote for us' attitude. The ALP is no longer interested in anything but itself. It has dumped its core constituency.

Just 22 per cent of Australians hold a tertiary degree. Yet within the active and activist ranks of the ALP, about 70-80 per cent would have a tertiary degree; fully 90 per cent of Young Labor is sourced from and organised on university campuses.

The average Labor staffer, activist, MP or even member tends to be a university-educated, socially liberal, higher-income and to live closer to the inner city.

By contrast, the average Labor voter tends to be older, more likely to have a trades or technical education, be more cautious of social change if not socially conservative, with a lower income and living in the suburbs or regional centres. They more likely to at least identify with some form of religious tradition or culture.

A large proportion of Laborís elite look, sound and think like Greens.

Compton, as usual is as blind as a bat. Shorten did go to the electorate investing " heavily in Climate Change", with even more bizarre CO2 reduction targets and dearer electricity. Duh! And he got his just desserts.
Posted by ttbn, Friday, 20 December 2019 9:34:16 AM
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Hardly surprising mate, given the left-leaning Lady, has some self-evident morals, the courage of conviction and stands for something!

Jermy, on the other hand, a power junkie, who seemingly thought by just being in opposition for opposition's sake, spending like a drunken sailor, making pie in the sky promises, would allow him to slip-slide to a win.

The democrats at least have a strategy hand to them on a platter by a recalcitrant Republican-dominated Senate! And can go to the November elections with a claim that both the president and that chamber want to trash the constitution and in so doing create a precedent that would allow any other part to be jettisoned, torn up or otherwise ignored. And by the simple expediency of refusing to allow a fair trial of, it would seem, a now unimpeachable President who is now effectively above the law!?

Make no mistake that's is going to be front and centre all the way to the November elections. Lead in the democrat's saddlebag is having too many candidates and too many positions on almost everything!

Boris, looks and sounds like an elected dictator and will likely be undone by stubbornly refusing to allow a second Scottish referendum. Which if passed could allow Britain to have its cake and eat it too. But Boris is not clever enough to see that!?

Democrats, desperately need a New Zealand style/lookalike candidate, with moral values, actually stands for something and has solutions that unite rather than divideth the country/the haves against the have nots!

And action on climate change that rather than tanking the economy turbochargers it! Therefore needs to be based on carbon-free, safe, clean, affordable nuclear energy! TBC.
Alan B.
Posted by Alan B., Friday, 20 December 2019 10:38:16 AM
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Everard,

The answer is simple, the left has abandoned the centre. With the "workers" now accumulating wealth the promise of a tax and spend agenda has lost its appeal.

Jacinda the New Zealand show pony has largely lost her lustre due her poor handling of a sexual harassment case by a Labour staffer and the incompetence of her ministers.

The only way for the left to get back in power is craft their policies around what the voters want, as trying to mold the voters to their policies will fail every time.
Posted by Shadow Minister, Friday, 20 December 2019 12:21:32 PM
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I think that Shadow Minister sum up the problem well:

"The only way for the left to get back in power is craft their policies around what the voters want, as trying to mold the voters to their policies will fail every time."

There is a degree of intellectual arrogance in believing that voters can be moulded.
That may have been true way back when the Left parties were created, but in today's society people are more educated and also have more time to think critically. The old days of 'going along with the mob' are well past.
Posted by Ponder, Friday, 20 December 2019 12:30:43 PM
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Great replies all !
Posted by individual, Friday, 20 December 2019 2:57:51 PM
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On the one hand, there is St Jacinda of the Veil. On the other hand, there is NZ Labour, which has catastrophically failed, in its election targets for much more housing and much less migration. Let's see what NZ voters make of it.
Posted by Steve S, Friday, 20 December 2019 2:58:30 PM
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