"The left should welcome this appointment. It does mean there will be more opportunity for a united, collaborative campaign of the broader left to get rid of this government. It can make us a little more optimistic that the new government may make decisions a bit more favourable to working people and a little less favourable to big business. For Matt that will be a victory worth fighting for.
I continue to believe that we need to build a movement to the left of Labour, but not just to “keep the bastards (including Matt McCarten) honest” . For the longer term struggle to actually replace this hideous society of inequality, racism, sexism, dispossession and war we need a movement of working people whose goal is a complete system change. That will be a movement worth fighting for
Do you remember Tony Ryall's cash registers in hospitals during the Bolger National government in the 1990's? $50.00 a day part charges for hospital patients. Worth about $100.00 in todays money. Great man? Great to see him gone. He had the same negative reputation that Hekia Parata has today. Goodbye Tony..