The Right (nine MPs)
David Shearer (leader)
The Left (14 MPs)
David Cunliffe (leader)
Su’a William Sio
The Careerist Left (11 MPs)
Grant Robertson (leader)
It is the last faction that Eddie says holds the balance of power. S/he notes:
Of the 11 MPs in the Careerist Left, 7 are former parliamentary staffers. This group has some good people but there’s a strong thread of personal advancement running through it, which is why they’ve brokered a deal with the Right. Robertson is wary of the ‘Left’ faction, because he doesn’t think he’ll do as well out of a deal with Cunliffe.
Seven former staffers – the new professional elite. Have any of them ever spent a day in the private sector generating wealth?
I think what we are looking at is a Cunliffe v Robertson battle for the leadership, if Labour do not win the next election. The left vs the careerist left. Who will win? No idea. Who will lose? New Zealand 🙂