Minister Clark has resigned.
It is not remotely surprising that there is some political fallout after the Covid-19 Crisis. Almost more surprising that there hasn’t been more before now.
It can be left to you gentle reader to list his sins, of which there are many.
His positive legacy however will be twofold.
The first is massive funding increases to the health budget in both operational and capital work, over successive years. These included much-awaited pay rises for nurses and care staff.
The second legacy is, so long as the Labour government is re-elected, will be to see comprehensive structural reform of the health system as a whole, which is detailed within the Simpson Report
All parties have shakeups as the reality of another term in Parliament looms. The other side has. The resignation is, TBH, a relief to the Labour political economy, and would have been worse closer to the campaign proper.
Clark is an exceedingly principled man, with a PhD in theology and has served as a Presbyterian Minister. He was the celebrant at the civil union of Grant Robertson. It is quite possible he will be redeployed in a more junior capacity in a future government – give him something of a scale he can do well.
I would hope that this gives the Prime Minister the overdue opportunity to reshuffle with a strong and fresh lineup going into the campaign.