October 22, 2020
Why the factions inside Labour matter more than ever in a Majority Government
Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury: One of the most interesting changes with a majority Government is the re-emergence of the importance of the factions inside a Party.
Throughout MMP, the friction for change has been the agreement between the parties, but in a majority Government situation, the friction for change comes from the factions inside the Party instead.
This is fascinating because the largest faction is the Māori Caucus which gives them enormous power if they chose to flex it.
One of the left's great political heroes in NZ has always been Michael Joseph Savage who is credited with the building of the welfare state.
What is NOT well known is that it was Savage's Caucus who forced the hand of the Labour Leader time and time and time again. He was just as cautious as Jacinda, but he faced a Caucus who were determined to force change.
If that is to happen under Jacinda, it will be the Māori Caucus doing the pushing.
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