Alf must confess to being somewhat bewildered about the rewards and punishment system in the Labour Party.
He has just been reading in his Herald that one of Labour’s newest MPs, Grant Robertson, is expected to get a big promotion today after three colleagues were demoted for misusing Crown credit cards while they were ministers.
The demotions, of course, had been well and truly signalled.
For their poor judgment in using their ministerial cards, list MP Shane Jones lost his environment and economic development spokesmanships, Te Atatu MP Chris Carter lost foreign affairs responsibility and list MP Mita Ririnui lost forestry.
Chris Carter? Demotion?