Yesterday on Radio Live, Mr Carter also mentioned Shane Jones as one of those he believed could be a better leader than Mr Goff. He has previously refused to name them.
Which brings us to Mr Jones. Just as Mr Brown was ridiculed after his head-banging incident, Mr Jones suffered public humiliation from his penchant for porn. But time heals, and Mr Jones is the latest manifestation of the Maori leader who can appeal across racial lines. He’s the Labour man business thinks it can work with.
Moreover, his ambition is great, having been the golden child of his hapu from the day he was born.
Unpopular with Labour’s rainbow and feminist wings, securing the leadership would require him to produce polling showing him as capable of transforming Labour from a possible to a probable. Even then, he would face opposition from party president Andrew Little, who needs Labour to lose in 2011 if his own leadership ambitions can be fulfilled.
Nevertheless, having decided to stick with politics despite his porn humiliation, Mr Jones is not there to muck around.
He’s already raising his profile and briefing journalists about his comeback. The time for him to act is now.
Watching the miners in Chile, I can’t help but think of the Labour MPs – stuck down a dark hole, with an incredible effort needed to get them out.
It’s leader Phil Goff’s job to get them out – now he’s finished burying Chris Carter.
And one man who needs a lifeline is Shane Jones.
This call is never going to resonate as much as “Bring Back Buck”. But someone has to say it – Goff should “Bring Back Shane Jones”.
Is Jones Labour’s saviour in waiting?