Tuesday, February 26, 2013

We can't help but wonder...

David Shearer was critical of Nick Smith's return to Cabinet when John Key reshuffled his team a few weeks back. Shearer took delight in repeating the line that Nick Smith was "a retread from the past"; check this out:




 Nick Smith first entered Parliament in November 1990, and did not become a Minister until 1996 when he was appointed Minister of Conservation. In contrast, Annette King was first elected to Parliament in 1984, and was a parliamentary undersecretary to the Minister of Employment and of Social Welfare between 1987 and 1989. In 1989, she was elevated to Cabinet, becoming Minister of Employment, Minister of Immigration, and Minister of Youth Affairs. She was a Minister in the Lange/Palmer/Moore government before Nick Smith had even been elected to Parliament.

So we can't help but wonder; if Nick Smith is "a retread from the past", what does that make Annette King? A solid tyre on a horse-drawn carriage perhaps. Once again David Shearer seems to want to have his cake and eat it as well.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

This just expresses to the public what an experienced Politician Annette King really is. She has not had any major punctures in her past!

Keeping Stock said...

I don't dispute that Anon. Annette King is a respected Member of Parliament with whom I have had exchanges in the past. This is not intended as criticism of her.

David Shearer however said that when he took over the leadership of the Labour Party, "gotcha" politics would not feature. He has failed repetitively to live up to that. For him on one hand to be calling Smith a "retread" then promoting an MP who was a Minister before Smith even became an MP is simply hypocritical.

Nookin said...

No punctures? She was close to the problem of the HBDHB and seems to have a problem with a full moon.

Kookin said...

Smith is full of holes.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

King is anything but a solid tyre. More like that fat little pneumatic Frog fella, Michelin Man.

jabba said...

well, Shearer has refreshed his team . Just now, Shearer was asked about an early election and he said John Key would be unwise to call one .. the man should be insisting on it