After its electoral disaster last year, the Labour Party has undergone a period of navel-gazing couched as an organisational review. And Labour list candidate Jordan Carter blogged about it yesterday at Just Left; under the byline The Hope Project: changing Labour's organisation Carter opines:
Yesterday I said that overhype can lead to disappointment, and foreshadowed what will happen to John Key as it becomes ever more obvious that he can't deliver a "Brighter Future". I was asked by a few people to expand on what Labour has to do.
Labour is going to need to pitch as the party of the future and as the party of hope, to reconnect with past and possible supporters.
Too many of those people don't think that is what we are about. Some of our own conduct and choice of messages has helped create that impression. That is why we need to change.
We received an e-mail overnight alerting us to Jordan Carter's post, and just as an aside, suggesting that we Google "the hope project". Naturally we did, and we discovered that there are 465,000,000 search results. They include a Hope Project helping Muslims in India, a Hope Project helping the victims of domestic sex trafficking in the USA, a Chinese public service project organized by the China Youth Development Foundation (CYDF) and the Communist Youth League, and an Irish resource and information site for parents of children with special needs. That's on the first page alone.
These are all noble programmes making a difference in the lives of the underprivileged or disavantaged. Some would argue that "underpriviliged or disadvantaged" describes the Labour Party pretty accurately just at the moment, but we wouldn't dream of drawing that analogy.
But if "The Hope Project" is the working title for Labour's internal review, we would suggest that it's poorly named. The Hope Project evokes images of being asked to find a dollar a day to feed, medicate and educate starving Labour MP's. We already do that; it's called tax!