Surely this should put Paddy Gower and co to bed once and for all.
With great grace despite Shearer’s baiting, and with great clarity, Cunliffe has declared he will never seek the Labour leadership again.
It was Shermanesque. Now surely he can get on with using his great talent for Labour and not have him driven from parliament.
Whomever is elected as leader will not have the Nats and the media speculating on contenders, and we can fight united against National and their policies that are dangerous for our future.
Mind you, it does rely on our Labour MPs upping their caucus discipline.
If you look at the likes of vote compass and policy polling, it’s not our left-ness or policies that are the problem – it’s trust in our competence, and our ability to not fight among ourselves.
Now’s a good time to start. Let’s present a solid team that the public can see as a credible alternative.