The wilderness of opposition isn’t a good place to be at the best of times and these are far from the best of times for Labour.
The vultures are gathering, attracted by the growing stench of disarray, decay and disunity.
Phil Goff was handed a poisoned chalice by Helen Clark and he handed it on to David Shearer.
He doesn’t look comfortable with it, and who can blame him?
The wilderness of opposition isn’t a good place to be and it’s even worse when you know at least some of the vultures are supposed to be on your side.