Now the horror of trying to pacify the factions begins.
The only thing Little’s new shadow cabinet must do is create the pretence of unity. The reason voters didn’t flock to Labour wasn’t the bloody CGT or Superannuation, it was because Labour looked like it would meltdown 30 seconds after being sworn into Government so Unity matters more than anything else right now.
How he handles the disappointment of Team Robertson and Team Parker will be as important as he handles Cunliffe and Nanaia.
Seeing as it was Nanaia’s second preferences that helped give Little the numbers to win combined with her far better performance on the campaign, she has every reason to feel slighted if she isn’t offered something serious.
Parker will pack a sad if his policies are thrown out with the bathwater and a seething Robertson will be doing numbers for Jacinda the 3rd time Little screws up. Nash’s ambition needs to be tempered or the right of the Party will start plotting again and Cunliffe needs to be given something meaningful to keep him busy.
If Little were wise he’d keep hold of Matt as Chief of Staff as it has been Matt’s ability to juggle the factions that has kept Labour from completely imploding over the last year.
Whatever final mix of this wounded and divided party is put forward, it needs to appeal to muddle Nu Zilind, so expect lots of ABCs to move forward up the ranks. Little doesn’t need to appease the Left of the Party, with the Greens galloping to the centre as well, the Left have no where else to go, so just have to lump it.
The best progressives can hope for is a watered down pale blue in 2017.