An ACT member writes in:
There is a distinct parallel with what happened when Rodney took over the ACT leadership. Caucus did not back him because they knew him, but he was able to woo the party membership. In the end it unraveled because a leopard does not change his spots, and the flaws of which caucus members were only too well aware eventually led to his and the party’s demise.
If Cunliffe can pull this off then he is a genius. I suspect that large numbers of caucus members will be full of foreboding for what the future holds.
I think a comparison of Hide to Cunliffe is somewhat unfair, but the reader is correct that there is a precedent in NZ of a leader being elected without the support of his caucus.