Goff has earned his right to make a stand, after all, Roger Douglas casts a long shadow, but with him needing Labour and Union activists to win the Auckland mayoralty, that stand will be less toxic than it could be.
Shearer however is breaking the rules that were agreed to at the last private gathering of Labour MPs. The other elements of the Right have all fallen in behind Little as he stamps his authority on the Party with his decision to oppose the TPPA.
So who is leaking private internal emails to Matthew Hooton then?
Whoever it was is now going to find out how the new Labour Party discipline traitors. Expect heads to roll. Little is not following the old neoliberals, he is setting his own direction and those who have refused to get on board are going to face a bleak future.
The decision to oppose the TPPA is a power play by Little, those who have decided to oppose that are about to find out you don’t cross Andrew Little lightly.