Good reviews for Little’s reshuffle of the Labour lineup.
The perspicacious Vernon Small:
Andrew Little’s canny reshuffle rewards effort, softens blow for losers
Labour leader Andrew Little has unveiled a canny reshuffle, rewarding energy and talent in roughly equal measures. He has also avoided any overt signs of rewarding the subterranean “Left-Right” factions in the caucus. And even when he has dumped someone from a great height he has tried to sooth the pain of the landing.
All-in-all not a reshuffle that anyone would call bold. But it is a fair reflection of who has the smarts, who shows the energy and who are the faces for the future in Labour’s caucus.
And the anonymous Herald editorialist:
Labour Party shuffle looks to the future
Labour leader Andrew Little has carried out a refreshing reshuffle of his parliamentary line-up. Normally an Opposition leader appoints his best eight or ten performers to the front bench and makes minimal change to the rest of his ranks so as not to upset anyone unduly.
But Mr Little has completely restructured his team in a novel way. As well as naming a “front bench” of 12, he has chosen another 10 MPs to complete his “shadow cabinet”. That leaves another 10 out in the cold.
If voters are in a mood for change in 2017, they will probably be looking for new ideas for generating higher incomes, affordable housing and alternatives to property investment. Assignments such as economic development (Mr Clark, Mr Nash), export growth (Ms Woods) and information communication technologies (Mr Parker) could be decisive.
Little will be pleased with that.