"Mr Goff said the pair were friends. He didn't have any problems with Mr Carter seeking advice from Miss Clark and said he expected the advice he received would have been the same as his own."
There is only one thought running through Carter's mind.
How to keep his nose in the trough.
That would have been Clark's advice because that is what she knows best.
If Phil is happy with that it says a lot more about Goff than Carter.
What Goff should realise is that he is backing the wrong horse.
New Zealand doesn't want a Labour in it's current form and is very unlikely to change that view in the future.
By not dumping Carter immediately, he is basically saying that under his leadership, he is happy to preside over a party that will only ever be good for <30% of the vote.
He knows that Carter is only the tip of the iceberg of Labour's problems.
That is a recipe for years of irrelevence.
The obvious conclusion is that he no longer cares.
He is going through the motions until he can arrange his own golden parachute, jump ship and leave the Dear Leader Party to stew in it's own juice.