The Labour movement in the UK and its former colonies has transformed dramatically in the past century and has slipt into an identity crisis after gazing back at the neoliberal experiments of the past four decades and, pondering Key’s eight years and Corbyn’s idealism, asking “what have we become and where are we going?”
As our local MP, David Clark, made clear last week, the NZ Labour Party has been behind the “big ideas” of free education, the forty hour week, state housing, the minimum wage, the nuclear-free policy, et cetera.
For the cynics, the disillusioned or the radicals, Labour provides no substantial alternative to conservatism. Both are cut from the same cloth. Cultural theorist, Stuart Hall, says that the neoliberal project initiated by Thatcher, Reagan and the fourth Labour government in New Zealand, is “not likely to be reversed by a mere rotation of the electoral wheel of fortune.”