The refusal of the Labour Party to share with ordinary New Zealanders us the numbers in the caucus vote for their leader is just plain dumb stupid. Sure it was a secret ballot, just like the election. Difference is that with the election we get to know the result. Clearly transparency doesn't figure big in Labour Party thinking.
The really stupid thing is that if the vote had been a unanimous endorsement of Shearer's leadership you can bet your bottom dollar they would be trumpeting the result long and loud. One can therefore legitimately assume it wasn't. Now speculation is rife as to how many of their cannon fodder didn't vote the 'old-guard' line.
Any bets to how long it will take for some-one in the Cunliffe camp to leak the result to the Standard? A lose lose for Labour.