So, Cunliffe was invited on The Nation. He said, yup but not if leadership nonsense is raised. Garner agreed. Then the leader office said it should be Parker as Finance spokesperson this close to the Budget. Cunliffe agreed. And this is meant to be some huge ado? Get real.
Cunliffe’s just trying to do his job, as he does very well, and trying to keep from standing on Parker’s toes – always tricky when he’s been finance spokesperson and naturally more outgoing than Parker. But there was no telling off of Cunliffe for his well-received speech the other week. And there’s no leadership contest going on.
Everyone who knows Labour’s rules knows a new leader has until the compulsory vote in the first caucus of next year to prove themselves. Even if they wanted, no-one could get 60% to support a motion for a leadership vote beforehand, so why would anyone bother? Everyone’s best interest is served by knuckling down.
What we’re seeing is Labour’s MPs just being themselves and those dots being connected into a fantastic picture that ain’t there, all premised on the flimsy basis that Nash gave up the CoS job to concerntrate on his kid and winning Napier in 2014.