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.