Labour leader David Cunliffe has a choice.
He can opt for utu on the 27 of the 34 members of his caucus who didn’t support his leadership bid or he can opt for unity.
He will be only too well aware of who most of the 27 are but he can’t promote them all.
Some of them simply aren’t up to Cabinet, or even its shadow.
Some of the have had their day.
Some he will still not be able to trust.
He also has to reward at least some of the 11 who did support him.
But some of the simply aren’t up to it either and some of them have had their day too.
List MPs who accept they’ve gone as far as they’re going could resign without triggering a by-election but electorate MPs will almost certainly hang on until the end of the term.
Some of them might make it easy for him and some might not.
Cunliffe has won one battle, only time will tell if it’s settled the war.