National’s Portfolios

October 26th, 2005 at 3:29 pm by David Farrar

Don Brash has announced rankings and portfolios for ’s 48 person Caucus.

The last Caucus had 15 out of 27 ranked. This has 27 out of 48 ranked. I thought it would be the top 27 as that is the number of seats in the main opposition area of the House.

No real major changes in rankings in that the top dozen stay much the same. English, Key, Collins and Rich all go up (deservedly) and this pushes down a wee bit (but not much) Power, David Carter and Lockwood Smith.

Three new MPs get ranked – Tim Grosser at 17 and Chris Finlayson at 18 and Tau Henare at 25.

Major portfolio movements are:

Gerry Brownleee picks up State Services

Nick Smith gets Energy

Tony Ryall gets Health in recognition for his effective opposition skills

Murray McCully gets Foreign Affairs and Defence, supported by ex MFATers Tim Groser and John Hayes. One needed someone crafty to handle Peters.

Tim Groser also gets Arts & Culture

Chris Finlayson is shadow Attorney-General plus Associate Maori and Treaty. CHris has very significant background for all these areas.

Lockwood Smith gets Immigration

Wayne Mapp gets the great title of “Political Correctness Eradication”. That will be such a cool business card.

Simon Power has law & order

Bob the Builder Clarkson appropriately gets Associate Building & Construction.

I can’t imagine too many upset people from this. Some deserved promotions and putting in some heavier firepower for prime targets in Health and Foreign Affairs.

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8 Responses to “National’s Portfolios”

  1. Insolent Prick () says:

    Dave, you prat! It’s “GROSER”! One “S”!

    And DON’T DO IT, AGAAAAAIN!

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  2. Graeme Edgeler () says:

    Three spokesmen for Arts, Culture and Heritage?

    Why?

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  3. mara () says:

    Wayne Mapp,Minister of Political Correctness Eradication! …..my trusty old heart leapt with joy at hearing this pronouncement.In fact the joy damm near killed me in the nanosecond it took me to realise that this was a cruel joke.Mr Farrar,you are a very bad man to do this to old people, and you should be more careful with your humour next time.

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  4. llew () says:

    Graeme, Graeme,

    It’s one for Arts, one for Culture, and one for Heritage!

    Obvious :)

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  5. David Farrar () says:

    IP – whoops

    Graeme – probably just reflects interest, not need

    Mara – no joke – it’s true!

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  6. JamesP () says:

    More proof that DPF is the sinister puppet master behind the National party. Don needed to hold off the announcement until his return so that DPF could ok the list.

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  7. tim barclay () says:

    PC eradicator is just a bit of a gimmick but Wayne Mapp is a serious person who will give some intellectual depth to the subject. A nice touch. But already National’s team is looking like a Government in waiting but they still lack political experience even though they are all quite experienced outside politics. That is the big contrast with Labour who are made up of (yes experienced) political hacks. You need both of course, so it will be fun to watch. But the Government has to win all the time, the opposition only has to get one or two hits and bingo.

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  8. Jnzed () says:

    PC Eradicator is just as stupid as PC itself. It really is at the “Ministry of Silly Walks” level. What was Brash thinking? We are meant to take this seriously? Goodness me!

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