Opposition short of Cabinet experience

Fran O’Sullivan points out in Jacinda Ardern needs to put in the hard yards (and yes, Ardern does need to show she can do the hard yards in major spokesperson roles):

There will be only three former Cabinet ministers left in the Labour caucus at election time: Parker, Ruth Dyson and Trevor Mallard.

Wow. A party is bound to loose experience when in Opposition for none years but that’s a paltry remainder. Plus:

  • Mallard wants to be Speaker so if Labour form the next government he won’t be in Cabinet. And going list only he is at risk of not making it back into Parliament unless Labour improves it’s support.
  • Dyson is currently ranked 24 with minor spokesperson roles so will struggle to figure in a coalition Cabinet involving at least one and probably more parties.

And there are none in the Greens caucus.

Not only is there no Green MPs with Cabinet experience, none of them have been in Government before. If they succeed this election it will be a huge learning curve for them.

And if NZ First are added to the mix only Winston Peters has Cabinet experience amongst them. Ron Mark was Senior Whip in the 1996-1998 coalition with National, so there is scant experience there too.

If Labour+Greens or Labour+NZ First or Labour+NZ First+Greens form the next government it would have to be the least experienced line up for a long time.

 

 

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15 Comments

  1. PDB

     /  March 4, 2017

    The National party may as well dust this one off again……….

    • Corky

       /  March 4, 2017

      The gift that keeps giving. So tell me PD, what trajectory does this boat take if Winston and his ageing, but merry band of pirates demand to come on board?

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  March 4, 2017

        Down to Davey Jones’ locker ?

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  March 4, 2017

          What if Dotcon decides to shove HIS oar in again ?

          The weather started getting rough,
          The tiny (boat) was tossed,
          Then Dotcon jumped in from the quay
          And all aboard were lost.

          • He’s indicated an interest in getting involved in some way.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  March 4, 2017

              So he says, but now that the Jewish John Key isn’t PM, he may lose interest. He’d be the kiss of death to any party silly enough to take him on.

          • Corky

             /  March 4, 2017

            To the nether world of gross, bullshit and he’s the boss.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  March 4, 2017

            With Trevor M,
            And Jacinda, too,
            With Andrew and Winston P,
            Ruth Dyson and the big Dot Con.
            Ron Marx, a Green MP………
            All sunk beneath the seeeeaaaa…..

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  March 4, 2017

              These are all in the wrong order…. :-/

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  March 4, 2017

              It must have nearly kiled him that a Jew was PM, was not afraid of him and just laughed at him…..and the Jew’s son was photographed with Mrs D and a group of other young people who were far nearer her age that Dotcon was. Also that Max Key didn’t realise that ‘Mona’ was Mrs D.

            • Corky

               /  March 4, 2017

              Falling fast in murky depths.
              Ghastly phantoms of loss and plunder
              Assailed them like claps of thunder,
              Please God, someone yelled,
              Give us a sign, something divine.
              Anything but those opposition benches
              Coming at us in the Kermadic trenches.

            • Corky

               /  March 4, 2017

              Don’t be a stickler.

            • Blazer

               /  March 4, 2017

              I hope you’re not being a silly Walter Mittycat.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  March 5, 2017

              Everyone seemed to be answering the wrong post just then, Corky :-/

              Blazer is blazing away, all smoke and no fire.And not much sense, either.

  2. Pete Kane

     /  March 4, 2017

    What, like the First Labour Government? No, not enough abstract thought capacity in the current lot for any meaningful comparison.