Much has already been written on the extraordinary events of yesterday. I am particularly attracted to the Chris Trotter blog post and those by Inventory2 on the previous post. Their arguments are worth developing
It is a fact that the Labour Party has a very small membership and smaller activist base. Much of it comes from the Trade Union (or Left) side of Labour. They are becoming (have become) increasing concerned with the 'National Lite' policy direction taken by Goff who is seen as aligned with the caucus 'Right' and less kindly disposed to the Union, Rainbow and Feminist factions. His move to endorse National's proposal to allow workers to 'cash in' their 4th weeks holiday almost amounts to treason in their eyes.
And so it was that Carter yesterday executed would was perhaps the most botched up non-coup in New Zealand political history.
Read zip into the fact the the Labour caucus voted unanimously to expel him. Who in that bunch of incompetents would have dared to do otherwise?
But the fact remains that Goff is the the catalyst for Labour's discontent rather than Carter. The messenger shoots himself in the foot and Goff shoots the messenger and all the while Cunliffe pledges total loyalty.