Celia Wade-Brown has called a press conference for later today where she will, presumably, announce that she isn’t contesting the mayoralty and that she’s endorsing Justin Lester. Who will almost certainly win. Which will mean that after the local body elections the mayors of our three largest cities will be Labour Party politicians. Is there a counter-cyclical thing happening here, in which the Parliamentary party is languishing so the good candidates switch to local body politics? A dumb coincidence? Something else?