In a crowded field Nick Smith stands out as one of the Nats’ most incompetent ministers. Only his friendship with English has protected him for this long. But even English can only take so much in election year – Patrick Gower: Bill English delicately knifes Nick Smith
English is publicly dismantling Smith, taking him from Housing Minister to Minister responsible for Building Regulations.
English today removed responsibility for the Government’s “house-building” programme from Smith and gave it to Amy Adams in a “nothing-to-see-here-guys” move.
According to Smith it’s only a flesh wound – Nick Smith reflects on ‘small reduction in responsibilities’ after cabinet reshuffle. Our staff photographer captured the scene –