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.