The most recent red c poll shows labour on 13% - which is rather meaningless on its own as demonstrating a crisis in the party.
Underneath that, is the rather startling statistic that only 14% of it supporters state they are loyal to the party (ie definitely vote for them in the next election). 52% of labour voters are becoming disillusioned, while 34% are losing faith with the party. That is a very flaky/unhappy support base (many might vote labour again but it is far from certain).
So what can be done?
- ditch Gilmore
- actually govern in line with the constitution ie collectively, rather than retreating into their own departments
- review the PfG to prioritise labour policies
- legislate for civil marriage equality and abortion (in line with x) immediately to at least demonstrate their commitment to socially progressive policies
- generation shift by pension ing off Rabitte, Quinn
- change the electoral system to a list based one so they do not suffer a pr stv wipeout
- lower the voting age to 16, bringing in 100,000 new voters who are more likely to vote for them
- demand Reilly is sacked
- burn the senior bondholders
- take the average industrial wage and only vouched expenses
- actually keep its election promises?*
Which of the above are possible, or even desirable?
What can labour actually do to restore the faith if their own supporters, as well as gain new ones?
* note the question mark, it signifies that a question is asked rather than constituting advice.