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Labour leadership vote at 4pm today; So what do we do till then? Listen to Townes van Zandt of course
By Alex Tarrant
Labour leader David Shearer will seek an endorsement of his leadership at an urgent caucus meeting at 4pm today.
While it seems Shearer will get 100% backing and demote David Cunliffe to the back benches, watchers are wondering whether the move will be enough to stub out Cunliffe's expected move in February to contest the leadership.
The Shearer camp thinks so.
But despite Shearer being guaranteed to get the endorsement today, this is still the only story in Parliament this week. And everyone's sitting around wondering what else can be added.
I'm sure other songs may get closer to this story line, but I couldn't help wondering whether Townes van Zandt's Pancho & Lefty could help.
There doesn't seem to be one solid interpretation of it, but the song appears to be about the fall of a pretty flash bandit, Pancho (Shearer?), at the hands of a side-kick, Lefty (Cunliffe?), on behalf of the federales (Labour's grassroots?).
That obviously wasn't good for Pancho, but it didn't lead to much for Lefty either. He had to leg it and is growing old in some cheap digs somewhere.
Now the desert's gone cold.
Shearer's leadership is not being killed off like Pancho was...yet. But is this just part of the death by a thousand cuts process? Cunliffe's going to be legging it to the back benches and may be too damaged [old] to be able to launch anything again.
Lessons to be learnt from it? Or clutching at straws?
To be honest, this is probably more about an excuse for me to watch YouTube at work. So maybe just enjoy the song.