From Trans-Tasman yesterday

via the tipline, this was published in Trans-Tasman yesterday. It echoes what I said a week ago.

Meanwhile Goff questioned his front bench colleagues last week as to whether he should resign as leader. The questioning took place at a pre-caucus meeting of the front bench group. It followed publication of at least three opinion polls showing Labour slipping heavily in electoral popularity.

Caucus sources says the response to the question was muted, with one senior MP saying

?it?s up to you Phil.? There was no disagreement. The catalyst for a leadership discussion is the realisation if Labour slips further respected list MPs like Kelvin Davis and Stuart Nash may lose their places.

As I said, people who shouldn’t be talking with me are. There are serious problems in Labour’s caucus. The main problems is their factionalisation and the fact that no one is?prepared?to step up. The whispers about Shane Jones are just a prelude. The polls this weekend may provide the catalyst. The real issues though is there appears to be no one with guts and determination.

There is a real opportunity for someone not widely touted as a leader yet to jump in and gazump the chickens like Cunliffe and Parker and at?the?same time cauterize the ambitions of Andrew Little who is still outside of the parliament.