Any doubt about who will lead the Labour Party at the next election is over. The Labour Party conference was a huge success for two reasons.
Firstly, the rank-and-file delegates democratised the party; secondly, new leader David Shearer dispatched his rival and any other potential pretenders to his seat.
The rank and file voted to have a huge say in electing their parliamentary leader. The caucus will still determine if there is a leadership ballot, but every aspirant knows from now on they need to be respectful to the people who raise the money and knock on doors if they ever want to lead the party.
Where do we start. Ought we ignore the fact that Labour's rank and file strongly supports David Cunliffe? Should we point out to Matt that David Shearer's leadership is only safe until February?
But wait; there's more:
While the media attention was focused on what level the caucus threshold would be to trigger a vote, the coverage underplayed the importance of other structural and constitutional changes.
The party has modernised and simplified itself from top to bottom. The organisational structures have transformed the party from a monolithic, multi-layered bureaucracy to a flat-level, flexible campaign machine.
If Matt McCarten thinks that imposing a quota for female members of Labour Electorate Committees is what you do when you have "modernised", we have a bridge to sell him. As we said at the beginning of the week, girls can do anything. Labour's quota system which allows women to comprise 100% of LEC's but prohibits men comprising more than 50% is not only discriminatory to men, but it patronises women, and it is archaic.
There's nothing modern at all about what Labour did last week. Our biggest surprise is that Matt McCarten doesn't seem to be able to see that.