Can Labour snatch victory after defeat?
The Labour MPs who didn’t want David Cunliffe as leader also didn’t want him as prime minister. They still don’t.
These MPs are reverse campaigning. Their aim is to achieve a once-in-a-generation transformation of the Labour Party.
Their reverse campaigning is witnessed in their focus on the electorate vote, contradiction of party policy, plans to de-extinct moa and public criticism of Mr Cunliffe taking time to holiday.
None of this is accidental. These are professional politicians.