The announcement from the Alliance they they will not contest the party vote, is basically an admission it is all over.
I feel quite sorry for the few remaining Alliance activists. Bad enough to have had Jim Anderton almost destroy the party because it would not make him dictator for life, but to then have the leadership basically decide the Maori Party and Greens are the future. I know if it happened to my partyt, that I would be far more blunt in my comments than Spanner is.
Possibly a consolation is that the Alliance really had no chance of making 5% or winning a seat anyway, so calling it a day now may be kinder in the long run.