The great Cabinet reshuffle
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3:12 pm, December 18th, 2016 - 94 comments
Categories: bill english, Hekia parata, Judith Collins, national/act government, paula bennett, Politics, Steven Joyce -
The results have been announced. Various obnoxious Ministers have been replaced by equally obnoxious alternatives.
The highlights are:
- Murray McCully is goneburger but not until May 1. Matthew Hooton will not be pleased. Clearly English blinked. McCully is not known as the dark prince because he likes watching Batman movies. And he has some real fans such as Audrey Young and Tracey Watkins who wrote glowing pieces about his prowess. Makes you wonder where all those leaks came from. And I wonder if the possibility of another by election was the motivation for the delay.
- Craig Foss and Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga have gone without a trace.
- Goodhew is gone and Paula Bennett becomes Minister of Women’s affairs. The polling must be disturbing for them.
- Hekia Parata gets to stay on to May 1 to continue with her decimation of the Education system.
- Alfred Ngaro, Mark Mitchell, Jacqui Dean and David Bennett are made Ministers with Ngaro straight into cabinet.
- Nick Smith has been protected by his old mate the PM although his portfolio has been cut in half with the social side given to Amy Adams. I was slightly surprised at this as National will merrily throw someone overboard and then try and blame them for any problems.
- Amy Adams and Simon Bridges get healthy promotions.
- Judith Collins gets a big demotion losing both Police and Corrections. That has to hurt. She gets Revenue, Energy and Resources and Ethnic Communities instead.
- As indicated Joyce picks up finance.
More details will be added as they become clear.
Update: Full list is here.
When you look at it the changes are rather modest. Seven ministers retain their current rankings. Woodhouse jumps up seven positions, Smith loses four, Collins three and Coleman two. And there are two extra cabinet positions. Renewal through expansion is an interesting concept.