Labour seem to have given up competing head to head as a major party with National. They now keep talking of Labour-Green getting enough seats to form a coalition (with some other parties).
And their strategy doesn’t even seem to be to win, but rather to lose less. Their main aims seem to be negative, to try and make sure National loses so they (and Greens) can take their place by default.
But with their diminishing aspirations (and escalating dysfunction) by the time we get to the end of 2014 we will find out if National lose or not, and if the main opposition is Labreen or Greebour.