Helen Clark is looking for other jobs, and who can blame her?
When you’ve been Prime Minister you’re not going to get the same job satisfaction when you’re demoted to former leader in Opposition.
So the question isn’t if she’s going but when?
Clark is an electorate MP rather than a list one so she’ll have electorate responsibilities.
But are the people of Mount Albert best served by a woman on her way out of politics who’s eyes and energy are firmly set on another job or a new MP who will be working hard to cement her/his place in the affections of her/his constituents?
Don Brash was criticised for staying on as an MP over the summer break after he’d stood down as National’s leader but a month or two to tie up loose ends is acceptable.
Much longer than that begins to look like seat-warming on the public purse.