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Just a desire to be heard?

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OPINION: I'm going to level with you, when I first started hearing the phrase "identity politics" regularly a couple of years ago, it tracked so closely with changes in Labour, and ultimately the rise of Jacinda Ardern to leadership of the party and then the Government, that it seemed to me it must refer to politics tied to a particular individual, an 'identity'.

That was reinforced by the fact that I seemed to be hearing it in criticisms of the opposition agenda in the build-up to that year's general election.

It was a putdown, and it seemed to me at times to be specifically a putdown of Ardern, a caution against 'Jacindamania', the influence her undoubted charisma was having in that dramatic year.

Some who understood the theory better than I did may well laugh at my naivete, but it felt like an easy mistake to make at the time.

* Grateful for these great times while we have the chance
* Guys, we need to talk, and we need to listen
* Appreciating the value of shutting up and listening
* Goodbye Harry, and thanks for everything
* A ripple that has gathered irresistible momentum
* We need to sit at that table and just listen
* It's Israel Folau, and me, who need the forgiveness

After all, we weren't that many months past seeing the almost unbelievable election to the most powerful position in the world of a man singularly unqualified, based........

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