What we are witnessing with the meltdown of the Labour party is perhaps unprecedented in New Zealand politics.
John Key has stated that Labour are now in a very public war:
Speaking to reporters in Cambodia, Key late last night waded into drama, declaring: “Labour are in a war that has now broken out in public.”
“They fundamentally do not like each other, they fundamentally do not trust each other.”
Key said he’s happy to go “up against” Shearer in the 2014 election, but said he wouldn’t “bet the ranch” on him remaining leader that long.
The leadership saga was not “helping or hurting” National.
“They are focused on themselves and we are focussed on the country. We are more stable, my caucus are unified behind me, we have solid coalition partners… they can’t even organise a conference.”
The prime minister said he wouldn’t have demoted Cunliffe, saying: “Sometimes it’s better to keep your enemies closer.”