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The buzz about Hodgson is interesting. I have often thought that his performance in health has been less than stellar. One would have thought that with all the money being directed at health there would be more to show for it but with Ryall regularly taking Hodgson to task he has shown himself to be less than capable of getting the governments message across.
Having said that Health has always been a very tough portfolio. It can be a very emotive portfolio to handle as it deals with the most needy of our citizens and when it goes wrong, the fallout is usually spectacular and makes for great media coverage. TV footage of little 6 year old Jonny with Leukemia flying to Auckland or Christchurch for treatment because theres no doc in Wellington makes for great ratings and is very embarrasing for the Government.
So if the rumours are correct, who is next in line for the poisoned chalice? Goff is the heralds pick and would signify a more steady, less shrill approach to the portfolio, but Goff is the only candidate to replace Cullen in finance, which may have to be considered if Tax Cuts are to be announced next year if they are to have at least a veneer of credibility. But with health always being an election issue……….
David Parker (Dunedin based list MP) isn’t mentioned in stories about possible contenders for Dunedin South. Does that mean he’s hoping Pete Hodgson will lose health and decide to retire so he (Parker) can contest Dunedin North?
Helen Clark said “I respect Steve’s decision to retire from politics and Mark’s decision to put all his energy into campaigning for re-election in his constituency.”
Pull the other one Helen – you’ve sacked Burton because he was a political liability – he’s goneburger in his revamped electorate, and obviously, won’t get a good list placing, as you seem to have kneecapped him.