There will also doubtless be speculation as to the identity of the "One senior Labour MP" who told Duncan Garner that the latest 3News and One News polls were “depressing and its dead man's territory”.
Are these people one and the same, or is there more than one "senior Labour MP" who is talking to journalists about his or her concerns with the current Labour leadership in the wake of a series of awful poll results?
In the meantime, Cameron Slater seems to have got to the bottom of it; he blogs:
It looks like the campaign is building for a new leadership team in Labour.
The narrative that is now coming through via known leftwing journalists is that Shane Jones is the only person prepared to step up to assist, the others are cowards and that Phil Goff will still lead Labour. This same message has been fed rather nicely through back channels to Matthew Hooton as well.
Two weeks ago I was canvassed for my thoughts on the prospects of Jones returning. I said to the Labour MPs who asked that I though Jones had the guts, and force of character to come back. I thought that his front footing his porn spending and rapidly apologizing neutered the issue at the time, and if you compared his contrition with Phil Goff’s when he gets thing wrong the differences were stark.
I blogged about the suggestion that Shane Jones was being pushed forward to replace Annette King. I was scoffed at and Annette King loudly said otherwise. Phil Goff and Annette King blamed all this on a nasty National party conspiracy. Both of them ignore the inconvenient truth that their caucus is not happy and will do anything including talking to bloggers to effect change.
There is a move afoot and Shane Jones is the one at the fore-front of it.