Talk of a new Left-wing party is gathering steam, with veteran activist Sue Bradford confirming behind-the-scenes discussions and revealing she would consider leading it if asked.
Expectations are growing in Left-wing circles that renegade Te Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira could be the lightning rod for a new movement if the rift between him and the Maori Party hierarchy ends in divorce.
I kind of doubt this will happen. It’s a natural reaction to the collapse of Labour as a functioning political party, but that’s a temporary situation that will start to resolve itself with Goff’s resignation in November and a subsequent purge of the front bench.
The nightmare scenario here (for the left) is that this might split the Green Party vote and they could end up with just under 5%, swinging the distribution of seats in Parliament far to the right.
Update: Just to make a couple more points: 1. Bradford and Harawira are such polarising figures that both of the main parties would probably have to rule them out as coalition partners, and 2. My gut feeling here is that there are a lot of activists around who want to see a far left party coalesce, but not that many voters.