Andrew Little is going to announce the shuffle of the deck chairs on the Titanic tomorrow.
Given Labour’s talent is as shallow as a carpark puddle in the middle of summer it will really be a forlorn exercise.
Some big movers are tipped in Labour leader Andrew Little’s first big reshuffle.
A year into his leadership, Little will announce on Monday the front bench team he plans to take to the next election and into Cabinet with him in Government if Labour wins the 2017 election.
Speaking on Sunday, Little said the refresh would present a “new look” front bench. And while that would mean some big promotions for Labour’s newer talent, there would also be demotions.
“It’s the last reshuffle I’m planning before the election… I think there are some quite significant changes there and I see it as, and am presenting it as, a blue print for Cabinet under the next Labour government.”
“We’ve got to think not only about the portfolio allocations, we’ve got to think about chief whip and junior whip in a new government, and positions outside Cabinet, positions available for potential coalition partners.
He also needed to think about MPs who might retire from politics during the first term of Government, and the requirement for understudies in those portfolios.
“That will likely become apparent tomorrow.”
One such portfolio may be health, which is held by Labour deputy Annette King, with speculation she may want a diplomatic posting if Labour makes it back into power. That would see her move on partway through a first term.