Like bruises after a beating, Labour is going to feel the effects of this week for a while. Possibly even at next year's election.

Most obviously, that's because of the brand damage the Prime Minister has suffered. It's impossible to believe that she only learned the sex crime allegations details this week. She looks untrustworthy. That's got to hurt. She is the Labour Party's election strategy. Ardern is their MVP.

But this week also leaves backroom ramifications and threads for the Opposition to pull.


First, the loss of the party president. Nigel Haworth may not have been a household