Posts by Keir Leslie

  • Hard News: Incomplete, inaccurate and misleading, in reply to nzlemming,

    It's so cheeky it's not funny. Also poses real questions about how other people are meant to know what you are at any given time: Ministerial staff can presumably talk to civil servants and ask them to do things, but Leader's Office staff presumably can't, any more than Labour Leader's Office staff can. (If you're going to engage in the kind of hairsplitting sophistry going on here.)

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  • Hard News: Incomplete, inaccurate and misleading,

    In fact paras 130-150 cover the Ministerial/Parl Serv issue. In brief: they worked for both, and moved between the two depending on their specific role at the particular time they acted.

    I think this is (a) dodgy as hell in terms of evading retrospective accountability (i.e I don't think you can just put your PS hat on to dodge the law) and also (b) really bad practice that should be stopped in future.

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  • Hard News: Incomplete, inaccurate and misleading, in reply to nzlemming,

    I don't think that's right - Key and National will have staff who are employed by Parliamentary Services - the National Party Research Unit, for instance, is Parliamentary Services. Only staff who are employed by Ministers as Ministers are part of the Executive, and the claim is that Ede was employed to do parliamentary work not executive work.

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  • Hard News: Incomplete, inaccurate and misleading,

    Strictly speaking, the Leader's Office isn't private, it's legislative. If Ede works for Parliamentary Services, he's employed by Parliament not by the National Party.

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  • Hard News: Team Little: pretty good,

    I think it's a bit odd that Broadcasting went to Curran and not Faafoi.. Both are competent and onto it, and I think both have good plans for public broadcasting.

    The issue remains funding and the intersection with broader cultural issues. It's better that these portfolios stay with people who are actually competent and on top of the issues, especially given that quite a few of the "unranked" MPs will likely shuffle upwards as more senior MPs move on this term.

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  • Hard News: Team Little: pretty good,

    Well, she seems to have attracted a solid block of support from Maori caucus members, and she's a senior figure in Tainui and the Kingitanga. Unlike her predecessor in Maori Development, Shane Jones,, she's neither caused any scandals nor turned out to be a closet Tory. So, you know, doing pretty well. Don't know if I'd have put her at #4 personally, but it's not a bad decision either.

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  • Hard News: Team Little: pretty good,

    Gio is only to accurate. (As I say, Mahuta is well above replacement value.)

    And it’s a bit shitty to apply predominantly white, male standards of politics as a way of attacking a Maori woman who is taking on a portfolio that’s about connecting and supporting Maori development. I don’t really care if she’s an effective operator in the House – although she is competent – her job, like most MPs, is elsewhere.

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  • Hard News: Team Little: pretty good,

    Mahuta does have an 18 year track record to look back on - I'm expecting a competent but non-flashy execution, which is well above replacement spox for the Labour Party at the moment - remember, the last guy to have this portfolio was Shane Jones...

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  • Hard News: Team Little: pretty good,

    If you think about it, Little has only ranked the top 12, plus five who’re likely to be moving on at the next election if not sooner. I suspect Wall, Whaitiri, Williams, Faafoi, Curran Salesa will all have good odds of moving up next time there’s a reshuffle and some of the more senior MPs move on.

    [Wall has a reputation for not being the easiest to work with. I have no idea if this is true or not, but it may be a factor at a time when Little is trying to smooth troubled waters.]

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  • Hard News: Team Little: pretty good,

    Bill English has an Hons degree in English from Victoria (and a BCom from Otago, but that may not have had a great deal of accounting or finance in it), Cullen had a PhD in economic history from Edinburgh (while Gordon Brown had one in history from Edinburgh), Birch was a surveyor from Waikato, Richardson was a lawyer as was Caygill. Last finance minister to have had a specific qualification and actual experience in accounting was Roger Douglas and look how that turned out.

    Finance is a political role - you aren't actually going out and doing deals on the markets yourself.

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