Fran O'Sullivan provides this salutory warning to David Shearer and his Labour Party:
At NetHui he said New Zealand needed to be bold. The next government had to be reformist and prepared to make the big progressive changes needed to rebuild the economy. He warned that if this did not happen, New Zealand stood a fairly good chance of becoming a 21st century peasant economy. Problem is he could not fill in the detail.Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce wasn't much better. Neither man had the complete package.But in Shearer's case he faces competition for the political space.His real enemy is not Key, or even Joyce, but Green co-leader Russel Norman.Where Shearer and Joyce were boring and unconvincing, Norman was focused and succinct. While Labour vacillates and wastes its firepower on unfocused oppositional and short-sighted politics, the Greens are carving out a cogent message.No one is in any danger of not knowing what they stand for. Shearer take note.