A speedy deal

As the Herald shows, John didn’t get Sunday off. And later today the full will be unveiled.

I am disappointed to read that we will be keeping the Ministry at 28 Ministers. That is far too much. I guess I should be grateful that it isn’t increasing from the record high Helen took it to.

In my ideal Government you would have around 12 Ministers in Cabinet and 10 – 12 outside Cabinet. The Ministers in Cabinet would each look after a cluster (such as Law & Order or Education) and Ministers outside would look after specific portfolios delegated to them.

Anyway that is 23 Ministers from . Who will they be? I may be wrong, but I would say there are 17 definites or near definites.

  1. Bill English
  2. Gerry Brownlee
  3. Simon Power
  4. Nick Smith
  5. Tony Ryall
  6. Judith Collins
  7. David Carter
  8. Anne Tolley
  9. Murray McCully
  10. Maurice Williamso
  11. Wayne Mapp
  12. Chris Finlayson
  13. Tim Groser
  14. Pansy Wong
  15. Steven Joyce
  16. Georgina te Heuheu

That leaves another six places for the 2005 intake and others to fight over.

There will also be three National MPs in Speakerships, two Whips and half a dozen Select Committee Chairs so all up 35 or so baubles to allocate 🙂

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