Can someone please calm the NZ Herald down? The Cabinet reshuffle is a cheap paint job at best, the editorial thinks it's the second coming. If you believe the mainstream media, Key 'boldly' dumping 2 inept Ministers from Cabinet means unicorns, rainbows & money are about to fall from the sky
Our political punditry are either idiots or the most easily impressed set of clowns ever birthed. The joke level of shock and surprise so many have excitedly blurted out by Key's reshuffle is part of the spin job that always puts Key in the best possible light.
All we have here is a new paint job with really poor quality paint. The claim that no one saw Kate Wilkinson and Phil Heatley being dumped suggests an utter lack of imagination, who else were National going to cull to make the reshuffle look like it's meaningful?
I've already explained why Nick Smith and Hekia Parata are safe, but the hoopla and faux shock over Key's announcement is the excitement of a supportive media rather than any actual focus on the issues.
The only reason Slater is pissy about Hekia is because of his relationship with Judith Collins. What a lot of people don't understand is that Slater and Collins are in daily phone contact, when Slater starts attacking possible rivals of Collins it is because she is directing it. Slater's hatred of David Fisher at the Herald is because of Fisher's amazing investigative work in the Dotcom case and the Government are very sensitive to what Dotcom's legal case will throw up, hence Slater's constant attacks on Dotcom and Fisher. You know who Collins wants hurt by checking out who Slater is attacking.
We have 7.3% unemployment, 270 000 kids in poverty and the highest inequality levels ever recorded in NZ - dumping Kate Wilkinson and Phil Heatley won't do a thing to lower any of those stats.
The punditry and msm may think this is bold and exciting, but that only shows us how limited their intellectual curiosity really is. Nothing in this reshuffle will provide the new ideas that will rescue NZ from the failed right wing free market ideology that is driving National.
Focusing on the new paint job and being excited by that is the sort of lite weight examination of the facts I expect from Seven Sharp.