A couple of my Labour sources have emailed and suggested I missed a few signals that Annette King’s continued candidacy sends.
Loved your post on Rongotai, but I wonder if you missed the steaming turd atop the turd-pile. This is being seen internally as a massive repudiation of Little. Handing him Rongotai — where he fucking lives! — would have been a vote of confidence in Little and the surest sign to date that the Grantistas have made peace with him as leader. By doing the opposite, it is clear they still regard him as a stopgap figure at best. This should be read as a sign that Little is far more vulnerable than he appears.
Any word on coming polls? The Nats should top 50, surely.