The new Labour leader says his party is ready for a change, but does that include confronting the union muscle within the party?
David Shearer’s holiday surfing tan had barely begun to fade this week when he stood up at Ratana Pa to begin the long process of regenerating the Labour Party’s relationship with Maoridom. It was his first major public appearance in a year in which he has set himself a big task: the remaking of the country’s oldest political party. Labour, more than after its last electoral thrashing in 2008, seems humbler and more ready for self-examination, and Shearer says his elevation to the leadership is itself evidence that the party knows it needs to change.
“We’ve now been told that ...
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