Friday, December 16, 2011

A formidable front row


We spotted the picture above on Stuff last night; Paula Bennett, Hekia Parata and Judith Collins together at the swearing-in of Ministers in the John Key-led Government.

It's a blow to those who would argue that National is short on women; we can't remember a previous National Cabinet with three women on the front bench, and especially one where two of the women are Maori as well. And they will each prove to be formidable Ministers, of that we have little doubt.

And it makes us wonder about the gender mix of Labour's yet-to-be-announced front bench. Having stood down from the deputy leadership, Annette King is hardly likely to form part of David Shearer's plans for rejuvenation. Nor are Ruth Dyson and Liane Dalziel.

Will Labour even have a woman in its top nine? Nanaia Mahuta would have been there had Camp Cunliffe prevailed. Jacinda Ardern is the great female hope of the Labour Party, but is she ready for the front bench? And Carmel Sepuloni could yet lose her seat on a judicial recount, so slender is her majority.

Interesting times await us.

11 comments:

dad4justice said...
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Anonymous said...

Go Daddy-O!

Hooker, harridan, harpie!

Anonymous said...

The one on the left of your picture was rejected by her electorate, wasn't she?

Keeping Stock said...

Perhaps Anon; perhaps not. Carmel Sepuloni just might be in for an unfortunate Christmas present later today.

gravedodger said...

Rejected by her electorate, utter bollocks.
Easy to see why the intellectual powerhouse hides behind the ubiquitous anao family name.
As you point out Iv2 Septic may not have such a happy Xmas.

Want an example of rejected by her electorate you socialist retard, have a squiz at the result in Rotorua.
"Steve" Chadwick monstered by Tod McLay by 7000 votes and she couldnt blame any of that on a Green candidate siphoning votes off.

Keeping Stock said...

Take your mysogonist nonsense elsewhere please Dad4J.

Keeping Stock said...

Let's do without the nicknames Gravedodger.

Suz said...

On behalf of all women, regardless of their politics, thank you Inv 8.44am.

Keeping Stock said...

You're welcome Suz; even right leaning, Christian, sport-loving, business-owning bloggers have standards!

Suz said...

Of that I have no doubt :)

Standard Watcher said...

So Labour are going to promote Jacinta to number three. Hahahaha. Their number 3 couldn't even beat National's number 33, even after they handed everything to her on a plate.

If Jacinta's the great white hope of the Labour Party why has she never won anything on her own merits? Why is it every time she's actually gone into battle, she's lost?