It doesn't look like Cunliffe is about to be punished and demoted over the media's beat up of his supposed leadership challenge at the conference (note Cunliffe has pledged his support) - the rumors are flying that Shearer is going to expel Cunliffe from Caucus.
The anger the leadership felt about being forced to be more democratic is going to be used to crucify Cunliffe and throw him out of the Party. Labour may with this move just convince all those left wing voters to fill in Green Party membership cards.
If only Shearer could put this kind of energy into defeating Key.
The ramifications of this move to expel Cunliffe will reverberate until 2014.
The difference between a Japanese nuclear reactor and the Labour Party is that Japanese reactors know when to stop melting down.
UPDATE: That nasty little piece of work, Chris Hipkins has come out defaming Cunliffe with slurs that he's been disloyal to two leaders. I say nasty little piece of work because Hipkins fought hard to deny members and unions a democratic voice in the party, and he made that debate far more bitter than it needed to be.
The constant attack on Cunliffe by the Labour leadership is the ugly thing now. They are trying to expel Cunliffe rather than fight Key.
This is revenge for being forced to become more democratic. It's hideous to watch. Cooler heads in the Party need to reign the caucus in now, this is bordering on feral and crazed.
As for this ominous threat that Cunliffe supporters will also be punished - isn't that a bit North Korean for the NZ Labour Party?