So if both, as expected, stand down from their leadership roles, who will take over? We've heard of a David Cunliffe/Liane Dalziel ticket for the leader/deputy leader roles, but we've also heard that Liane Dalziel isn't interested. That might have something to do with this blog-post, the link to which was sent to us yesterday; check this out:
From pretty good authority, here are the numbers in the coming contest between Davids Parker and Cunliffe.
FWIW, I lean Shearer but would support Parker over Cunliffe. Would prefer the caucus attendance book over Cunliffe.
On the basis of that set of numbers David Parker clearly has the numbers to assume Labour's leadership, with Grant Robertson as his deputy, by a ratio of 2:1 over Cunliffe. But the most interesting aspect is that both the gaggle and the self-servers referred to by Damien O'Connor are split between the two Camp Davids. That suggests that a new leadership team will not automatically produce unity within the Labour caucus.
Over at Homepaddock, Ele refers to Labour's leadership as a "poisoned chalice". It most certainly was prior to the election, when nobody was prepared to publicly challenge Phil Goff's leadership, despite widespread discontent. Whichever of the Davids succeeds Phil Goff (and we wouldn't rule David Shearer out yet) will face a major challenge unifying Labour's caucus, persuading longer-term MP's to reconsider their futures, and positioning the party so that it becomes a credible opposition party, and a candidate to once again govern at some future election.