As predicted, Bishop gets a quiet rinsing

I predicted last week that Chris Bishop, a legend in his own mind and National’s biggest leaker, would get a subtle rinsing. I also predicted that he would be ranked below Simon O’Connor just to let him know how out of favour he really is.

Simon O’Connor is Simon Bridges’ brother-in-law, and Bridges really, really doesn’t like him.

So, to rank Bishop below O’Connor is sending a message. I’m not sure Chris Bishop is smart enough to understand it.

Judith Collins has been promoted to number four and has been let off the leash with some key portfolios. Phil Twyford will be shivering in his boots with this news. Good to see she also got RMA reform. Let’s see some meaningful reform promoted there instead of the waffle from the previous government.

New Zealand’s favourite grandmother has got the appropriate Seniors portfolio. She was one of Amy Adam’s puddle of wets and is ranked at 25, Chris Bishop was ranked at 38 and Nikki Kaye, the last of serious contenders, at number 10. Looks like Amy Adams has been sent a message too, for breaking the rules.

I’m impressed with the ruthlessness of Simon Bridges here. He’s sent a few messages, and demoted the old tuskers way down the ranking.

The full list is here. The top 20, with changes from the last rankings, are:

  1. Simon Bridges, Leader (+4)
  2. Paula Bennett, Deputy Leader, Social Investment Services, Tertiary Ed, Women (nc)
  3. Amy Adams, Finance (+3)
  4. Judith Collins, Housing, RMA reform (+5)
  5. Todd McClay, Foreign Affairs, Trade, Tourism (+8)
  6. Jonathan Coleman, Health (+1)
  7. Mark Mitchell, Justice, Defence (+14)
  8. Jami-Lee Ross, Infrastructure, Transport (+19)
  9. Paul Goldsmith, Economic Development, Revenue (+5)
  10. Nikki Kaye, Education (+2)
  11. Gerry Brownlee, Shadow House Leader (-7)
  12. Nathan Guy, Agriculture, Biosecurity (-1)
  13. Michael Woodhouse, Immigration, Labour (-3)
  14. Louise Upston, Social Development (+1)
  15. Alfred Ngaro, Children, Community, Pacific (+5)
  16. Chris Finlayson, Shadow AG (-8)
  17. Scott Simpson, Environment (+9)
  18. Jacqui Dean, Local Govt, Small Business (+5)
  19. Melissa Lee, Broadcasting, Comms (+12)
  20. Sarah Dowie, Conservation (+19)

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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.  And 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.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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