In today's Herald business commentator Fran O'Sullivan shows how Labour is adopting a more pragmatic approach to oil and gas exploration. It must do so if it wants to differentiate itself from the more hard left Greens. Labour knows the Greens have no answers to the wealth creation needed to pay for the income redistribution programmes so dear to the left's heart. Therefore, it is senseless to deny the possibility of oil and gas revenues.
Those tainted oil revenues could come in mighty handy for a future Labour Government that wants to spend up large.
Either way, Cunliffe's new approach is a welcome change from that previously adopted when the Labour leader was feinting left into Green Party territory in the misguided belief that this would persuade thousands of apathetic voters to back his party at the upcoming general election.
He should step up the pace ...
When it comes down to it, the usual suspects - Green co-leader Russel Norman, those global capitalists Greenpeace, actress Lucy Lawless et al - are hardly going to forsake jet travel to jump straight back into the Waka Age.
Principles stretch only so far.