Last October I posted on National’s plan to fold the State Services Commission into the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Yesterday, Labour’s Grant Robertson revived the rumour. And since then Government pollster David Farrar has spent much of his energy reserves vigorously defending any transfer of power that may occur.
But we should watch closely to see what kind of powers and functions will be transferred to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Because DPMC is under direct executive control of John Key (or was that Steven Joyce?). It increases the power of the Prime Minister at the expense of the rest of the executive. This is a significant shift in power within NZ’s democracy, and should not be decided without giving all Kiwis the opportunity to have their say.
(PS. I allow myself one pun title a year. No more, I promise.)