It’s bloody good to see Darien Fenton get the labour portfolio. Mallard did it well but work rights is where Fenton’s heart lies and she’s worked bloody hard to push for them – she’s a fighter and work rights is going to be a good place for a stoush this year.
Also pleased to see Grant Robertson getting a decent portfolio. His opposite number, Tony Ryall, has been getting away with all sorts of dodgy shit under the radar for too long. I get the feeling that may stop now.
I’ve always considered Darren Hughes a bit of a lightweight but I’m not surprised he’s got education. He should be able to run rings around Tolley if he pulls his finger out.
I’m a little surprised Dyson has been given conservation. She’s been low profile in health this year and it’s likely conservation will be a bit of a battle ground – it was certainly the area in which National took its biggest hit of 2010. I figure she’s either being given a chance to prove herself or Labour is ceding that ground to the Greens this year. Only time will tell.
David Parker will enjoy the meaty portfolios he’s been given and will get to grips with the detail well but I’m not sure he’s got enough mongrel in him to run against Gerry soundbite for soundbite but his straight forward common sense and integrity might leave big Ger looking like the (political) lightweight and dodgy prick he is.
As for the rest? Pretty much business as usual. Your thoughts?