........by-elections looming for Labour.
The intelligent rats are leaving the ship with Winnie Laban bailing out to pursue a career in the halls of academe.
This should make for a most interesting by-election in the Mana electorate just north of Wellington. In 2008 Hekia Parata put up a spirited challenge with barely 2,500 separating the party votes for Labour and National. Clearly Ms Laban had a strong personal following and Labour may well struggle to attract an anywhere decent candidate.
What ever money Labour doesn't have to fight by-elections now has been divided by two Now they have only half of bugger all to fight in Mana and Te Atutu when Prissy Chrissy finally gives up.