Apparently, one key difference has been that National ministers refuse to hire staff from other ministerial offices to avoid being labelled by their ministerial colleagues as staff-poachers.
For anybody who worked for the Labour government, this is unfathomable. Staff – either political staff or bureaucrats – would frequently shift between offices as they rose through the ranks of government.
All ministerial staff under Labour operated under the assumption that they were operating within the New Zealand government team. But not so under National, it seems.
This confirms everything that people suspect about National. Far from operating as a team, they are so factionalised and internally hostile that the ministers are eager to defame, discredit and disadvantage their colleagues.
But what exactly is it that makes the ministers so afraid of each other?