An alert reader sent in the link to Key on RadioLive today (end of the 7:30-7:45 recording) trying to explain why there are so few women on his party’s list, particularly in the top rankings. It’s like entering a place where words are devoid of both meaning and melody, and eloquence is heresy:
“Yeah. I guess, the important point to understand there is that the top, in fact, 25 … 23 have been ranked effectively on their Cabinet ranking.
It doesn’t mean that they would be in Cabinet next time. It doesn’t mean that they would be in that ranking next time.
But, with the exception of Lockwood Smith, who is put at number three just simply, you know, constitutionally is the Speaker of the House, you know, he’s a very, very important person behind the – you know, kind of, in our party leader and a deputy leader, then he comes next.
Everyone else has just been ranked in rankings.
So yeah, of course we’d like to have more women in the top 10 and that involves us putting more women in the top 10 if we possibly can.”
At the end there, I heard the sound of one hand clapping. Hard. Against my head.