“It’s important we get an objective assessment of what happened last Saturday,” John Robertson (the new leader of NSW Labor) said.
I am not sure that I a compelled to believe that any study conducted by a member of the party could be objective. On the one hand objectivity is a subjective possibility, on the other hand it is quite clear to most of us that there are a range of self evident things that need to be looked at.
- The ongoing saga a scandals of one sort or another took its toll on credibility
- The ill discipline of the elected representatives including Ministers
- The disunity of the party
- The party appeared to follow public opinion rather than lead
- The party’s main objective appeared to be to hold power
- The campaign started negative and ended up defeated
- The lurking suspicion that all decisions were made at Sussex Street
- The Proroguing of Parliament to thwart open review of decisions
- Too many taxes
- Too little investment in infrastructure
- Too many Announcements and not enough Action
- Too little loyalty to the leaders.
- Not enough Transparency
- A loss of ideology and core mission
- Too much spin, too little substance
- Too much elitism – not enough egalitarianism
- Too little concern for the people of NSW
The list goes on, but in short the NSW Labor Government appeared corrupt, self serving and direction-less. The seats they have retained they retain because there are still enough people who believe that there is something worth saving. The senior leadership should go into lock-down and return to a proper understanding of what it means to be Labor. Once they have done that they then need to enthuse the party faithful with the new and re-invigorated message, and then the party will be ready to present a new dream to the people of New South Wales.