The reshuffle announced yesterday effectively made Steven Joyce the new Minister of Labour.
Joyce was the Nats campaign manager so he knows exactly what National’s business backers have been putting the money up for.
Call me paranoid but I’m thinking that putting the Government’s bully-boy in charge of the rights of working Kiwis may not bode well for employment relations over the next few years.
That said, Joyce tends to cock up everything he touches – from the exclusive brethren backing to the roading disasters so he might not be as effective as National’s backers are expecting. I guess we’ll wait and see.