Labour’s mini-reshuffle

May 6th, 2014 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

David Cunliffe announced:

“I am pleased to announce that Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford will join the front bench and pick up the transport portfolio. It shows the importance places on affordable housing for all New Zealanders.

That’s a sensible appointment. Twyford has been a solid performer for them, and transport is a good portfolio for him.

“Grant Robertson has the Economic Development portfolio. Grant is a senior member of Caucus and will take on one of the most crucial roles of the campaign of jobs and economic growth.

Grants knows a lot about economic growth. He’s read lots of textbooks on the private sector.

“Grant will be supported by Trevor Mallard who moves to the second bench and takes on Associate Economic Development as well as Immigration.

Having failed to get Trevor to quit, this is a belated attempt to get him back in the tent pissing out, rather than vice-versa. Hopefully as Immigration spokesperson he’ll steer Labour away from their recent flirtation with anti-immigration policies to steal votes back off Winston.

“Nanaia Mahuta will take on Māori Affairs and move up one place. She will lead the Māori Caucus and oversee the job of winning the Māori seats back for Labour.

No real choice there.

“Jacinda Ardern also moves up one to five.

“Other big movers are Andrew Little, who has done the heavy lifting in the Justice and Labour portfolios, and returning MP Kelvin Davis who comes in at number 22 and takes on associate roles in Regional Development, Education, Corrections and Police.

A promotion for Little is deserved and sensible portfolios for Davis.

“Labour is refreshed, united and ready to fight this election,” David Cunliffe says.

No one believes they are united, any more than we believe we have always been at war with Eastasia. But the reshuffle is a sensible one, which will help them move forward.

On Stuff they report:

Cunliffe said the top 10 would now meet as a group replacing the former caucus strategy committee, which was the top five.

Not sure that is a sensible move. Having almost a third of your caucus in the strategy group is pretty unwieldy. Few groups that have more than single figure membership are particularly effective at nimble decision making.

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35 Responses to “Labour’s mini-reshuffle”

  1. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (890 comments) says:

    “Labour is refreshed, united and ready to fight this election,” David Cunliffe says. My Beehive sources tell me that John Key is now shaking in fear after hearing this…..

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  2. Cunningham (844 comments) says:

    He can move people around as much as he likes but as the saying goes ‘you can’t pollish a turd’. I know they have had a good week and a bit, but there will be more incompetence to come from this sorry excuse for an opposition.

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  3. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    ‘Few groups that have more than single figure membership are particularly effective at nimble decision making.’
    Cabinet springs to mind.

    [DPF: Cabinet tends to ratify decisions, not make them]

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  4. thedavincimode (6,800 comments) says:

    All a bit like moving the blocks at Stonehenge around.

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  5. deadrightkev (472 comments) says:

    “Grant knows a lot about economic growth. He’s read lots of textbooks on the private sector.”

    Is that the pink economy you refer to David?

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  6. johnwellingtonwells (137 comments) says:

    Titanic move by Cunliffe

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  7. Neil (588 comments) says:

    Mallard made a bad start this afternoon in the house with his inappropriate interjection. Refusing to aplogise he got tossed out by speaker Carter.
    I thought the afternoon was an anti-climax. As usual Winston got in some low blows and nastiness.

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  8. spanish_tudor (81 comments) says:

    Mahuta? No real choice there?

    Kelvin Davis would have been a better bet for Maori Affairs, at least he wants to help Maori improve their lot, and calls a spade a spade. Mahuta is a useless seat-warmer who has said and done stuff all for Maori in fifteen years.

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  9. Bob R (1,377 comments) says:

    ***hopefully as Immigration spokesperson he’ll steer Labour away from their recent flirtation with anti-immigration policies to steal votes back off Winston.***

    Why? If politicians are serious about addressing house prices then stabilizing population growth via immigration is an obvious policy mechanism.

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  10. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    ‘DPF: Cabinet tends to ratify decisions, not make them’
    Who makes the decisions then. Surely it’s not a handful of of ministers meeting separately that take all the real decisions…

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  11. doggone7 (808 comments) says:

    The significance of this thread is that it can be added to the list that David Farrar will compile in suggesting that he even-handedly covers all sides of the political spectrum positively.

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  12. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,903 comments) says:

    “Grant knows a lot about economic growth. He’s read lots of textbooks on the private sector.”

    One of the best piss takes I’ve seen in many a year, David. Very good indeed.

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  13. Barnsley Bill (983 comments) says:

    Jacinda Ardern moves up 1 to 5.
    Why?

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  14. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    @ Barnsley Bill (936 comments) says:
    May 6th, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Jacinda actually performed well today in the following debate, and was perhaps the most mature speaker today. She refrained from playground digs and the childish behaviour of the rest, and stuck to her point, which she made in a strong manner. She was actually quite impressive compared to the other ‘kids’.

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  15. thor42 (971 comments) says:

    “Labour is refreshed, united and ready to fight this election”.

    Yeah right, and I’m Ozymandias.

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  16. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (890 comments) says:

    thor42 (811 comments) says:
    May 6th, 2014 at 5:30 pm
    “Labour is refreshed, united and ready to fight this election”.

    thor42 – You do not understand the power of this statement….Do you remember Cunliffe made a similar statement after the new year break?

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  17. spanish_tudor (81 comments) says:

    mikenmild (9,086 comments) says:
    May 6th, 2014 at 5:02 pm
    ‘DPF: Cabinet tends to ratify decisions, not make them’
    Who makes the decisions then. Surely it’s not a handful of of ministers meeting separately that take all the real decisions…

    All ministers are members of various cabinet committees, who then bring proposals to Cabinet. So yes, it is often a handful of ministers in a designated policy area, and has been so for years. Please keep up.

    http://www.dpmc.govt.nz/cabinet/committees

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  18. Bob R (1,377 comments) says:

    Not sure why my comment has attracted three negative votes. It would be interesting to hear why?

    It’s a truism that housing prices are affected by immigration. It’s also something that the majority in every country surveyed wanted less of according to the Pew Global Attitudes survey. Not sure why politicians should ignore these things?

    http://www.pewglobal.org/2007/10/04/world-publics-welcome-global-trade-but-not-immigration/

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  19. Mark (1,488 comments) says:

    All of this is largely be irrelevant if National can keep its nose clean and Crusher muzzled and out of sight until after the election

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  20. Mark (1,488 comments) says:

    I also have a healthy degree of nervousness about Hekia being on the campaign trail.

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  21. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    spanish_tudor
    I am familiar with the Cabinet committee system, thank you. My point is that the real decisions are likely to be taken outside of such forums, sometimes by as few as two or three people who wield the real power.

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  22. spanish_tudor (81 comments) says:

    Indeed mikenmild, most leaders have a “kitchen cabinet” of three or four senior ministers to who make the major decisions around policy direction. This is hardly news.

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  23. RRM (9,933 comments) says:

    No one believes they are united, any more than we believe we have always been at war with Eastasia.

    :lol: Nice.

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  24. dog_eat_dog (782 comments) says:

    Arden gets another promotion….for what, exactly?

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  25. Alan (1,087 comments) says:

    “Arden gets another promotion….for what, exactly?”

    For not screwing anything up. She’s actually raised her game a bit recently, not so shrill and headgirlish. I assume she’s taking acting / presentation skills lessons.

    She’s very dangerous, watch her as she decouples from the Robertson camp

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  26. thedavincimode (6,800 comments) says:

    B Bill

    Tell me that was a rhetorical question …

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  27. Bob R (1,377 comments) says:

    To the seven geniuses who think that housing prices are disconnected from immigration:

    “This paper has estimated the relationship between migration flows and housing market activity in New Zealand since 1962. It has shown that a migration flow equal to 1 percent of the population is associated with an 8-12 percent change in house prices after a year, and a slightly larger effect after three years.”

    Housing Markets and Migration in New Zealand, 1962-2006
    Coleman and John Landon-Lane

    http://www.rbnz.govt.nz/research_and_publications/discussion_papers/2007/dp07_12.pdf

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  28. BlueSilver (26 comments) says:

    Of course we are at war with Eastasia. We have always been at war with Eastasia. And the choco ration has gone up to 25 grams. Double plus good!

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  29. Paulus (2,632 comments) says:

    Why is it that the so called disparate Opposition are now apparently only targeting women in the Government.

    We know in to day’s age that men are more fearful than ever about the roles of women. We also now know that women hate other women more than they do men, as they can control men now.

    The Opposition have tried to kick Key at every move and not had any success so they are turning on the National Party women.

    What are they afraid of – do they feel that they can attack women more easily as they are considered by them as easier prey?

    eh Mallard, Peters, Robertson (an excuse for men), and I suppose I should not leave out Cunliffe – but he is just teeth and trousers.

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  30. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    Mallard has fulfilled his life’s ambition . . . become an honorary member of the rainbow room rectum reamers.

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  31. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    You don’t have much going on for you in life, do you igm? I hope you have other outlets for your rage.

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  32. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    @ Paulus (2,328 comments) says:
    May 7th, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Oh please! Collins is her own worst enemy – talk about a shoot the messenger mentality.
    If there were no mistakes made, there would be nothing to complain about.

    AND – do you really really expect people not to remember the times National party supporters did exactly the same to Labour/Helen etc. Have you forgotten issues over speeding (despite Helen not driving the car), and paintings and god knows what else that had them salivating all over the web and in the house.

    They are a pack of bloody hypocrites with very very very short memories – our politicians are all as bad as each other – a bloody disgraceful pack of immature actors who are performing for people impressed by dancing monkeys.

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  33. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    milkenmild: Mallard is a man, Yeh Right! Capable only of attacking old men with known coronary complaints. He shot his mouth off in the House years ago, obviously a lot younger, and when called to account outside later by a National MP (I think it may have been Ross Meurant), he took off like a skinny hogget . . . a real man. I’d say gutless!

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  34. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    Trevor Mallard is a good fellow. He’s my MP and does a great job. igm, OTOH, is a twat.

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  35. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    mikenstupid: Your electorate goes to show why you are a typical left-wing envious loser. I suppose you occupy a State house and draw a benefit . . . that being the norm in Taita and Naenae.

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