John Armstrong has a piece in the Herald this morning about Education and various ministers and spokes-people and their effectioveness. He passes comment on Anne Tolley in a way that I think shows he really isn’t on his game at the moment:
It now looks like her elevation to the front bench may have come too early. She was in the Cabinet for barely a year in very junior portfolios before her promotion to this role.
Little wonder she is struggling in a portfolio which has severely tested politicians of the calibre of Nick Smith, Trevor Mallard and Phil Goff in his younger days. Her poor showing has left her a passenger in the portfolio – as was the case with her predecessor, Anne Tolley.
The puzzle is why Key did not hand the portfolio to a more experienced MP from the start.
I’m not sure it is fair to call Anne Tolley a passenger.
She said she would implement National Standards. She refused to back down to shrieking unions, kept the parents on side, and delivered.
Anne Tolley said she would cut the bloated ECE sector. Said she would do it, refused to back down to shrieking unions, delivered and saved the country hundreds of millions of dollars.
Said she would take on the unions over unreasonable pay demands. Refused to back down, kept parents on side, delivered and saved the country hundreds of millions of dollars.
Passenger? She was in the driving seat.
But she handed over the keys to a learner driver who promptly rolled the car and wrote it off.