Three Arts Spokespersons!

Stuff reports:

National was quick to mock ’s reshuffle for its many-headed arts and culture roles led by deputy leader Grant Robertson with associates Jacinda Ardern and Darien Fenton all in the top 20.

Minister Christopher Finlayson tweeted: ‘‘Surprised to see Labour appoint 3 Arts spokespeople. More surprised to learn 2 of them have been in that job for over a year now.’’  

I thought this was a joke, but it seems that Arts & Culture is such a hefty portfolio Labour does in fact need three spokespersons for it – all in the shadow Cabinet.

By contrast Christchurch Earthquake Recovery doesn’t even make the shadow Cabinet.

I’ve counted up below the portfolios where Labour has more than one Spokesperson.

  • Finance – 5
  • Health – 4
  • Arts – 3
  • Foreign Affairs – 3
  • Environment – 2
  • Education – 2
  • Economic Development – 2
  • Science & Innovation – 2
  • Justice – 2
  • Ethnic Affairs – 2
  • Social Development – 2
  • Employment – 2
  • Sport & Recreation – 2
  • Maori Affairs – 2
  • Disarmament – 2

You can understand Finance and Health having a few, but again three Arts Spokespersons is ridiculous as is needing three Foreign Affairs spokespersons plus two Disarmament spokespersons.

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