David Shearer – Um Shuffle plus Bonus Annette King Redux

Once the scripted part of the media conference using buzzwords like “fresh”, “innovative”, “formidable” and “hands-on” came to an end, David Shearer’s retro-reshuffle turned into exactly what we’ve come to expect.

Then we have Annette King and her elevation to Health. 

Annette King was first elevated to Cabinet as a ‘fresh face’ in 1989.

Like David Shearer, Helen Clark later ranked her at #6 and gave her the health portfolio.

King’s been ‘refreshing’ Labour’s front bench for decades

Even the themes back then were the same as the ones Labour is trying to push today.

These guys had 9 years in office busily spending surpluses they inherited,  but they’re still complaining about the stuff which they promised to fix.



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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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