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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  • Phar Lap

    To make it even worse.She acted completely unsatisfactorily,when the strange case of an alleged sexual predator was chasing a young student around her residence in Haitaitai.King refused to say anything,which made things even more intriguing,her stance See all ,hear all ,say dam all.Was not a good look for a with twenty nine years in Parliament.To think she is a health spokeswoman FFS.She was a failed Police Minister in the reign of terror in social engineering which Clark and King supported fully.

    • Cadwallader

      Around her residence? No: Around her taxpayer provided ministerial house!

      • Nop it was her place…she was deputy leader of the opposition

        • sandynobb

          Yep. The green house of infamy / bordello is on my bus route.

    • Patrick

      She certainly kept Howard Broad under her thumb

  • thor42

    I can write Labour’s complete economic “policy” now – health, education, welfare and everything else.

    “Tax, tax, tax, borrow, borrow, spend, spend, spend….”

    • Mike Webber

      Exactly the same as national, they have changed nothing.

  • Morrissey

    Shearer is terrible, no doubt about it, but to be fair he’s not the only stumble-tongued politician. Obama is pretty hopeless, unless he’s reading out one of the vacuous scripts lauded by the press as “inspirational”.

  • Mr Sackunkrak

    Oh God, if you call Ole Yella refreshing then I’m still on the vine. But there could be some good questions on the health benefits of Swiss Ball exercises.

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    Bringing a fresh face like Aunty King is a smart move folks. I think you are all scared. Sheep is onto a winner here… MSM believes this is a very smart move. My spies tell me that John Key dictated his resignation letter this evening once he knew the Shadow cabinet line up. Tonsils Tony is planning to leave NZ to go to Australia it seems.

    • dianne65

      Annette King, was absolutely hopeless at the Health Portfolio, when she held it back in 1999-2005, What a bloody mess it was. Tony Ryall is doing a FANTASTIC job.

  • Troy

    Whoa, what a fucknuckle… and people would seriously vote for a party led by that?

  • Captain Crab

    Annette’s husband will be pleased . I presume he is still a rent seeking bludger sniffing out contracts to fill his pockets with health money? What did happen at Hawke Bay Health?

    • williamabong

      Hush, keep quiet it’s a secret, nothing to see, move along.

  • parorchestia

    Mr Ah-ah-umpty Ah-dumpty was having a ball
    With ah-reshuffles and ah-re-treads, front benches and all
    But at ah-election he ah-had a great fall
    Cos the vote for Labour’s coalition was haha too small.

  • Grizz30

    Annette king has proven that she should not speak on psychiatric and mental health issues after her howler of the Sun and the Moon speech. She also has little ability in the area of addictions following her own daughter’s joyride in the Ministerial car. Tony Ryall must be shit scared of yet another Labour Heavy to go into combat with.