Helen-ween shuffle scares neither friend nor foe

John Armstrong: Boo! PM's Halloween shuffle scares neither friend nor foeTrick or treat? Helen Clark's Halloween reshuffle hardly puts the frighteners on the National Party.
And the absence of surprise promotions or demotions makes it more difficult for her to convince voters that Labour is having major…
[NZ Politics]

John Armstrong opines that the re-shuffle was a big yawn and that no one including the opposition will be spending anytime fretting about it.

[quote]Trick or treat? Helen Clark's Halloween reshuffle hardly puts the frighteners on the National Party.

And the absence of surprise promotions or demotions makes it more difficult for her to convince voters that Labour is having major rejuvenation within its ranks.

Like the plot in a Stephen King horror thriller, yesterday's pre-election-year rejig demanded some corpses on the Cabinet room carpet to have real impact.

But the Prime Minister puts a premium on caucus discipline. That means rewarding loyalty and respecting seniority. The reshuffle is consequently more treat than trick in keeping colleagues sweet.[/quote]

Of course there is the slap on the wrist with a wet bus ticket for Mallard, the re-shuffle was meant to be a circuit breaker ahead of the conference, instead it turns out to be a short circuit. 

 


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