Thursday, January 12, 2012

A deafening silence

Over on Idle Thoughts Of An Idle Fellow, Robert Winter asks where is Labour on the Ports of Auckland dispute. Its a good question. Labour is supposed to be the leading party on the left. It proudly proclaims that it

started its life as... a voice for the working classes who believed that a fairer future was possible.
So you'd expect them to have something to say on an unpleasant industrial dispute in which management is clearly seeking to crush a union and erode both workplace safety and living standards in the name of greater profits - but there hasn't been a peep out of them. Not an interview, not a press release, not even a post on Red Alert. Their silence is deafening.

It would be nice if we had a Labout party which stood up for its purported values, stood up for its supporters rather than simply taking them for granted. Sadly, that seems to be too much to expect from the modern NZLP.