Well, didn’t that work well? For the past three weeks, Labour has dominated the political news with three contenders show-casing its values. There was remarkably little aggro – witness Tracy Watkins’ desperate scratching for any time conflict story. David Cunliffe has emerged with the legitimacy of a democratic victory, and a much stronger-than-expected mandate.
The next question: when National loses and Key scampers off to Hawaii, how will their next leader be elected? Will they make the same mistake that Labour made in 2011 of letting the caucus choose, or will they join the 21st century and let their members have a democratic say? I wouldn’t hold your breath.