The ozzie on NatRadio was a former president of the ALP, and he's right, the 'Right' of politics is on the ascendancy worldwide.
I personally think Labour is too similar to National, they didn't go left enough. But the thing is that in a lot of ways the left/right dichotomy is an illusion. In modern political theory they have largely abandoned those labels. Just like America, the UK, Canada and Australia, the main parties here have more in common than they differ, they both represent the new(-ish) policital stance of Globalisation. interesting read here.
Hence why i don't like either the crips or the bloods.
Case and point; 1) Labours problems with the TPPA are that they haven't had a look at the deal, they don't object to it in principle. Auntie Helens government is the one that setup our dairy industrys reliance on China with the FTA way back in 2008.
2) Five Eyes / waihope spying has been stepped up worldwide as part of the War on Terror, at least since 2003, so Labour was aware and complicit in the increased spying activity since then. You notice that Cunliffe really didn't pursue that issue last week either.
3) Many senior Labour figures are they same as those involved in the big privitisation purge of the 80's and 90's. People like Goff et al would be quite at home in the National party. They are deeply uncomfortable with the necessary differentiation that the bloods will have to do if they want to represent an alternative to the way the crips run things.
Anyway it's probably good that the left didn't win as it looks like the Nats have an economic storm to weather coming up due to the massive drop in the dairy forecasts. I wouldn't be surprised if JK bails to Hawaii sometime during this term, after he's done his bit. Let the Greens and labour (if they can stomach it) inherit the woes in 2017.