David Shearer has said on more than one occasion that he doesn’t really read the political blogs. But he should. Because all the answers to Labour’s problems are waiting in the blogosphere, if he will only go and see for himself.
Because there’s been so much chatter in the last fortnight on various blogs about what Labour’s doing wrong, and what Labour should be doing, I have compiled a summary. This will hopefully make David Shearer’s job much easier.
Here’s my list of things Labour needs to be doing, by all of you.
Shearer needs to step up and assert himself, and take control.
Shearer needs to be reined in. His views on key issues are of deep concern.
David Shearer should listen to others more often.
David Shearer needs to follow his own instinct more often.
Some members of the front bench are just not up to the job.
Shearer’s performance is dragging down some very capable front bench members.
Labour needs to focus on the soft centrist vote.
Labour needs to move more to the left.
Labour needs to move more to the right.
Labour should shore up the left, then move right.
If Labour moves to the right the left will follow.
Shearer’s beneficiary on the roof anecdote was unforgivable and a betrayal of all that Labour stands for.
Shearer’s beneficiary on the roof anecdote was a powerful message that the social contract is a two way deal.
Shearer’s beneficiary on the roof anecdote was a sign that Labour understands the need to crack down on the culture of welfare dependency in this country.
Labour’s policies are fine, but the messaging is the real problem.
Labour’s policies are the problem, and the messaging is not really the issue. You can’t sell rubbish.
Both policy and messaging are deeply flawed.
Both policy and messaging are spot on.
People are interested in policy, not personalities.
The real problem is that David Shearer lacks personality.
Labour’s polling, while unspectacular, is okay, and there’s really no need to panic.
Labour’s polling is unremarkable, and the party should be concerned.
Labour should be panicking after the last round of polls.
The Labour Party has no future.
The Labour Party has a strong and positive future ahead of it.
David Cunliffe should be Labour leader.
David Cunliffe should never be Labour leader.
It doesn’t matter what a bunch of angry blogger nutjobs think.
Labour should take note of what the bloggers are saying. There is wisdom in the crowd.
All this online navel gazing is just a beltway obsession.
This online dialogue is representative of what the broader public think about Labour.
There is really no reason for Labour to panic.
There is every reason for Labour to panic.
Got all that, David?