The left have now successfully split into unbreakable factions who can easily manipulate a referendum surviving MMP to ensure a 50%+ vote in 2014. They will cobble together to vote for letting the good times roll - more tax, more borrowing, more bureaucracy, more rules, more control, more welfare plus encourage any freeloaders who will be more than happy to come along for the ride. Labour, Greens, Winston First, United Future, Mana......they will all be queuing at the trough.
Who leads Labour post Goff will be immaterial. They only need to find someone who can lie with a straight face, so that shouldn't be a problem.
The right have 3 short years to sort out a strategy to counter this threat. Politics in NZ is about to become much more extreme. The days of smile and wave are over.
The demise of ACT in all but name is a good thing as the right can start with a clean sheet.