Labour received a battering at Ratana township yesterday as National and the Maori Party continue to bask in popularity after more than a year in office together.
Labour was challenged to reciprocate the loyalty shown to it from Ratana for decades by accepting four Ratana candidates for winnable positions in Parliament - on the list.
To rub his nose in it, Labour leader Phil Goff had to endure a speech praising Prime Minister John Key for being "a brilliant speaker" and "a person who should be admired".
Oh dear! So much for Phil Goff's flying start to the year; it would seem that the wind has already been taken out of his sails, and by Labour's former allies, no less. If one were to be REALLY unkind, one might suggest that Phil Goff and Labour's prospects for 2010 are about as hot as Wellington's summer has been - which is, of course, not very!