What is the point of the Labour party? Ctd

We continue from yesterday where we looked at who Labour represents and now look at why that has doomed them. The origin of this discussion is an article from The Telegraph about UK Labour and what is the point of them, but the issues are so similar to New Zealand it is worth exploring.

These two groups of erstwhile Labour supporters are now directly opposed in their attitudes and predispositions. The aspiring ex-working classes are more likely to resent the welfare-dependent than to feel responsible for them: they are new enough to affluence to be untroubled by bourgeois guilt. So the old Labour core vote is now irrevocably split and at odds with itself. And there is the problem. For a national political party to be viable, it must represent the legitimate, consistent self-interest of a substantial section of society. This is not ?selfishness? or cynical indifference to the needs of others. It is the proper business of elected politicians to speak on behalf of those who have a stake in the country?s ongoing life and activities. In an advanced democracy, the specialised concerns of different groups should be represented fairly by political advocacy and potential conflicts between them should be addressed by government. Which is why the question is so critical: for whom does Labour speak?

This is where John Key has been so successful, he has hoovered up the aspirational voter of the ex-working classes, the tradies as I prefer to call them, and who Chris Trotter calls “Waitakere man“.