Kapi-Mana News : January 24th 2012
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ENROL NOW FOR 2012! 4272041AA Dancers due for date with a donkey Dance teacher Deborah Hale and three of her students are being flown to the Otago-Taieri Annual Show in Mosgiel to accompany Craig Smith when he performs his popular children's tune The Wonky Donkey. The show is on January 27 and 28. Hale and students Ebony Sushames, Allie Hale-Brown and Maddison Hale, will don costumes and dance to the catchy tune. They will then hurry back for the Dance Plus Have a go day'' at Pataka on January 29. Time for Shearer to show leadership TALKING POLITICS GORDON CAMPBELL Between mid-January and the opening of Parliament in early February, Labour has a narrow window of opportunity to define what the party stands for under its new leader David Shearer. After that, the Government's normal round of parliamentary business will set the political agenda. By default, Shearer will then be at risk of becoming known to the public by what he opposes, rather than via what he stands for. Being perceived as negative did not work well for Shearer's predecessor. To date, Shearer has projected little more than a desire to be liked, and a willingness to travel everywhere to listen to every- one. That approach may work for the Prime Minister, but it will not do for the current Leader of the Opposition, who is still an unknown quantity, even to many who voted for Labour at the last election. By mid-January, there were already stirrings of unease about Labour's silence on the Ports of Auckland dispute. On welfare reform, the only sign of life has been Trevor Mallard's recent advocacy online of an article by a British Labour politician proposing to tone down the Left's opposition to such reforms. What we can also expect to see is Labour backing off from a few of the populist moves it made pre-election, such as removing GST from fruit and vegetables and extending in-work tax credits to beneficiaries. At the time, Labour did not seem to believe wholeheartedly in those policies, which were more about guarding its flank against the Greens than any lasting commitment. Reportedly, Labour is gearing up to focus on the economy this year, and on the (lack of) jobs being generated under the cur- rent economic settings. It's very early days. Yet the talk of re-positioning'' Labour seems to entail surrendering its tentative recent steps to the left, and moving back towards the centre. If so, there would be little about the Shearer era that would surprise Phil Goff. Theoretically, Labour would thus be doing the same thing National does so successfully. Time and again, the Govern- ment uses the Act Party and Maori Party as cover for some of its more unpopular policies while treading a centrist line itself. Similarly, Labour may hope to leave the Greens to carry the fight for unionists and benefici- aries, without offending the wider public. In practice though, that course would be a path to irrel- evance. Labour cannot simply become the party of jobs, while ducking for cover on everything else. If Shearer tries to avoid offending the mythical centre, there will be plenty of conten- ders -- Winston Peters for one, Russel Norman for another -- willing to lead the charge on behalf of the working poor and the beneficiaries who have hith- erto looked to Labour as their champion. Luckily, the public's patience never proves everlasting. The two major parties cannot expect to get away forever with being blank slates with likeable leaders, on to whom voters are invited to project their desires. Sooner or later, Labour and National have to stand up and show their true colours. Any goodwill to Shearer will evapor- ate if he fails to step up on the contentious, divisive issues as well as the easy ones. While the country has been on holiday it has been willing to let Shearer take his time. But the clock is ticking.
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