Let's navigate our way through all the lamentations about frontbenches on both sides of politics.

First, Labor Leader Bill Shorten isn't the pick of a majority of the party membership, runs the complaint. He's a factional powerbroker installed because of factional control within caucus. Except, the only reason he won was because the Left's factional control wasn't strong enough and leaked votes from his opponent, Anthony Albanese (including some from Albanese's intra-factional rivals in the NSW Left -- what goes around comes around in Labor). So in fact Shorten is leader in spite of factional control, which is supposed to be a good thing, or maybe factional control is good when you want it to be?