Nikki Kaye and Gerry Brownlee are the big winners in a Cabinet reshuffle announced by Prime Minister Bill English this afternoon.
As expected, Kaye is the new Education Minister, replacing Hekia Parata.
Brownlee has been made Foreign Affairs Minister in place of Murray McCully, who has held the portfolio for eight years.
Rodney MP Mark Mitchell has also received a significant promotion, to Defence Minister, and has been moved into the Cabinet just months after he was made a minister outside Cabinet.
The total panic that has set in within National as their internal polls show women voters leaving in droves for Jacinda is what has prompted Nikki Kaye’s sudden promotion. It’s good seeing National nervous. Kaye’s transformation into a snarling attack dog used to attack Jacinda however will go down like a cup of cold sick within the education sector.
Brownlee who is the most hated man in Christchurch becoming the Foreign Affairs Minister is an appalling choice when you consider his role in covering up and justifying the accusation of war crimes in Afghanistan.
Those words will come back to bite him in his arse when the looming court case launches.
In other moves, Nick Smith has been demoted for the fiasco that has been housing and Tim Macindoe continues his rise to power.
The most dangerous decision has been in allowing former mercenary Mark Mitchell anywhere near Defence. I don’t trust Mitchell as far as I could throw him. There is something deeply worrying about him inside Parliament.
All in all a pretty squalid and vapid revamp before the election to get Nick Smith off the telly and try to woo female voters back with Kaye.
Watch Mitchell like a hawk.