PM John Key has apparently confirmed that there will be a reshuffle of cabinet announced today. Expect a promotion for Arnold Rimmer and the return of Judith Collins on the ‘better in the tent pissing out’ principle. It will also be worth watching to see if Steve Joyce is re-positioned to set him up as Key’s replacement if golf with Obama becomes a better prospect than losing the next General Election.
It’s hard to predict which of Key’s cabinet team will be cut for non-performance as there are so many doing average work.
PS: Note to radio station The Sound: It’s really, really unlikely that DunnoKeyo will be returning Judith Tizard to cabinet. Thanks for the laugh, though.
Trade Minister Tim Groser will leave Parliament ASAP to become New Zealand ambassador in Washington. National’s pet ACT MP, David Seymour has bitten the hand that feeds, turning down the positions of Minister for Regulatory Reform and Associate Minister of Education.
• Paula Bennett takes the Climate Change Issues portfolio from Groser.
• Todd McClay becomes Minister of Trade and hands over the Revenue portfolio to Michael Woodhouse.
• Michael Woodhouse gets Revenue and gives the Police portfolio to Judith Collins.
• Serco Sam Lotu-Iiga is sacked from the Corrections gig. Collins picks it up.
Winston Peters nails it:
“Judith Collins’ long running stream of denials about everything on Oravida showed John Key never had any standards. Finally, he found some criteria to demote her which begs the question, what’s the criteria now to bring her back?
It just shows how bereft of talent the National Party caucus is and reveals how much John Key is struggling.
This will not deflect from the flag issue.”