The bad blood bubbling within the Labour party has once again spilled out into the MSM.
Senior Labour MPs have gone on record to Duncan Garner saying Cunliffe will never be leader, and that he is not well liked within caucus. This insane tactic is messaging with hand grenades. There's nothing preventing Cunliffe from doing what John A. Lee, Jim Anderton, Peter Dunne and Tariana Turia have done before; spray and walk away. A new Left party with Cunliffe as leader would do unto Labour what Mana did unto the Maori Party.
Meantime, neighbouring Auckland Labour MPs for Mangere and Manurewa are at war over gay marriage. Heir to the Methodist Labour throne of Mangere, Su'a William Sio, has objected to holy-roller Louisa Wall's Private Member's Bill on same-sex marriage and wants the bill withdrawn. Sio can't or won't argue the merits of his alleged colleague's bill to his constituents, while Wall explains that church compassion will be unaffected and can continue along the same lines of ignorance and superstition as the Manurewa Cossie Club's approach to Sikhs.
There is clearly a lot of blood to go under the bridge yet. Here's hoping Tim Barnett, the man who was never minister but made a damned fine senior whip for Clark's government, can instil some discipline into the party. He's got his work cut out for him.