Time for a cabinet reshuffle

Jacinda is in Davos this week at the World Economic forum, educating the world on kindness and photo opportunities. When she gets back, she has an interesting task ahead of her. It is time for a cabinet reshuffle.

As we often say on this blog, the available talent pool is as shallow as a car park puddle in the height of summer. Will this be more of a case of shifting deckchairs on the Titanic? quote.

As strong as the weakest link, maybe we shouldn’t expect much from an upcoming seat shuffle at the Cabinet table. 

A shame, because ultimately the Cabinet Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has currently, is basically the one she inherited via the caucus rankings set by former party leader Andrew Little.  end quote.

That is because there are no real alternatives. Those who are in cabinet now are the best there are. What an absolutely terrifying realisation that is. quote.

No, the only inhibitor is the quality and depth of the people who work for her. 

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Well there you have it. Nothing more needs to be said. quote.

In a Cabinet of 20, Ardern has 16 positions she can fully play with. Outside of Cabinet there are another six positions, which gives a little more flexibility.
It goes without saying, any changes in portfolios carried by NZ First or the Greens must be done in agreement with the leadership of those parties and Ardern would likely have no real say in who those portfolios are dished out to.  end quote.

It is unlikely that there will be any changes there either. Neither the Greens nor NZ First are exactly brimming with talent. Any party with Tracey Martin high up in its ranks has nothing further to offer. quote.

In a lineup where the first iteration only just managed to tick the box of adequate female representation, Ardern has to replace one woman who was arguably there to fill a quota in the first place – as incompetent as Clare Curran proved to be.

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Photoshopped image credit: Boondecker

Of course, we could always go back to that tired old idea that talent rather than gender should decide who gets a promotion… but that won’t happen either. Look out for even more idiots in cabinet, as more women are promoted beyond their level of competence. quote.

In a pool of 14 potential women that could be brought to or near the Cabinet table, only three have been in parliament for more than a term. Poto Williams, Ruth Dyson and Louisa Wall.  end quote.

Dyson is a fossil and Louisa Wall is a nutcase. That anyone is even dreaming of these two being in cabinet shows how far we have fallen. Who was the other one? Poto who? quote.

Meanwhile, of the freshman intake, Deborah Russell is highly regarded by some caucus colleagues but Ardern must be aware that the promotion of any first-termer – barring exceptional circumstances – is a tacit admission there is no one else.  end quote.

There is no one else. quote.

Surely Associate Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi – still sitting outside of Cabinet with four ministerial portfolios he’s acquired through the demise of others – has proved his worth by now. Get that man both a beer and a seat at the table, already.  end quote.

I agree about Kris Faafoi, but he is a man. What will that do to the gender quotas?

Jacinda should sack Kelvin Davis, Phil Twyford and Iain Lees-Galloway for sheer incompetence, but it won’t happen. She has no one to replace them with, and anyway, Lees-Galloway knows where the bodies are buried. He is safe for all eternity. quote.

The biggest issue in need of addressing is hamstrung by the existence of the issue in the first place – experience and competence.
In the lower ranks, it just isn’t there.

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There is no competence in the higher ranks of this government either… starting right at the top.