Further thoughts about the Labour Party Conference:
Annette King’s speech was a highlight. She announced that the next Labour Government will put children at the centre of policy in areas including health, education, social development and housing. Vernon Small has a useful summary of the announcement.
Putting children at the centre of policy is timely. As I’ve argued previously, New Zealand cannot afford the social and economic consequences of widespread poverty. Investing in our children is the best way to secure our future as a country.
It was encouraging to see the latest Roy Morgan Poll before heading to the conference. If an election were held tomorrow and Labour secured just a further 3% off National, and added the Greens as a support party, it would have a greater mandate to govern than National. Suddenly everything seems possible. Of course there is only one poll that matters – and that is election day – but a swing towards Labour may explain why National have been looking a little spooked in recent weeks.