The new Labour leader will have a tougher time than Goff. He (or she) is not just an adversary for Key, they’re going to be competing against Russel Norman and Winston Peters for the role of opposition leader. And maybe I’m wrong, but I have doubts about the ability of either David Parker or David Shearer to win that contest.
And I find it amazing that they’re making the change so quickly. This is a big decision, and this is party with a recent history of awful decision making. Don’t you want to take this one slowly? Do some research? Figure out why you lost, and then pick a leader that can directly address those problems? Wouldn’t it be smart to make sure that this new leader has broader appeal than a bunch of their friends inside the caucus, who – as they’ve just discovered – aren’t really in touch with their own party members, let alone the wider electorate?