Today it was announced that National had had a reshuffle of its Cabinet Ministers. It follows the anticipated resignation of Tim Groser from his Ministerial portfolios. And there were some surprises in store as well. These are the main changes:
- The Minister of Trade Tim Groser is leaving to become Ambassador to the United States, and has thus resigned his Ministerial warrants
- The Minister of Climate Change role, which used to be one of Mr Groser’s roles is now that of Paula Bennett
- “Serco Sam” Lotu Iiga is the new Minister of Local Government
But there two surprises as well. Returning from the cold after doing time on the back benches as a result of the Oravida scandal, Judith Collins returns as Minsiter of Police and Minister of Corrections, which Mr Lotu Iiga relinquishes. A second surprise to occur happened when A.C.T. Member of Parliament David Seymour declined an offer for the role of Regulatory Reform and Associate Minister of Education. Mr Seymour said that he wanted to continue with his Assisted Dying Bill and to continue working on being a good Member of Parliament for Epsom.
I do not have much confidence in any of the appointees.
In my book Judith Collins is not fit to hold another Ministerial warrant after she lied to both the Prime Minister and the House of Representatives, though this shows how much faith National really have in the lady that many know as Crusher. There is also a degree of disregard for what the public think as many people see her as thoroughly corrupt, tainted by her links to Cameron Slater.
Mr Lotu Iiga seems a dubious choice for a Ministerial warrant after showing how completely out of depth he was handling the Serco allegations.
Ms Bennett seems to have Prime Minister John Key’s total confidence, despite many thinking her lack of compassion when she was Minister of Social Development handling the welfare of some of our most vulnerable people made her unfit. It will be interesting to see how she handles the Climate Change portfolio at a time when it is causing New Zealand significant embarrassment on the world stage where just last week we were awarded “Fossil of the Year” for our lack of progress meeting our targets.