We've blogged at some length and some frequency about the various attacks that Labour MP's, especially Trevor Mallard, Pete Hodgson and latterly Chris Hipkins have been making on John Key and National. The attack dogs are well and truly off the leash, even though they are having all sorts of trouble getting a bite in.
But it begs the question; where is Phil Goff in all of this? And what of his erstwhile deputy, Annette King? Should their silence be construed as support for the attack lines that Labour is currently running? Or is their lack of comment of input because they have lost control of their caucus, and because someone else is running the agenda?
And we had to laugh yesterday when leadership aspirant David Parker was speaking in the General Debate, lambasting National for its lack of rejuvenation. Had Parker glanced to his right, his eyes would have fallen on the benches occupied by Goff (Class of '81) and of King and Mallard (Class of '84). Parker's observation more than anything typifies Labour's fatal flaw; they are great at finding solutions for everyone else, but the ignore their own failings. We suspect that the celebration of the 30th anniversary of Phil Goff's election to Parliament will not be a happy one.