I cannot recall any Labour leader having served a shorter tenure than David Cunliffe and neither Phil Goff nor David Shearer is a close second.
Following Cunliffe’s much anticipated resignation yesterday he has joined the ranks of hostile incumbents such as ACT Leader Don Brash – both divisive forces from our political hinterland – both failed to deliver inconceivable outcomes. It’s about history and personality. Party size is irrelevant; the difference was that Brash went immediately.
When Cunliffe arrived, finally, at the leadership, Labour had a healthy standing in the polls. What happened?