Commentators are analysing Naitonal’s new cabinet and it won’t be long before someone looks at the numbers.
One is important, so too are those which follow it closely and you have to have a front bench.
But I don’t think there’s anything to be achieved by close analysis of where Ministers are ranked.
They can’t all be number one or on the front bench. Where they are in the rankings may help or hurt their egos but it’s not necessarily a reflection on them or the importance of the portfolios they hold.
While no-one would argue that racing is as important as health it’s more difficult to differentiate between most of the roles so there’s nothing to be gained by anguishing over the rankings.
It’s not the number in front of their name but the job they do with the ministry after it which really matters. Good ministers will ensure their portfolios are important and get the attention they warrant regardless of where they’re ranked.