Is it a a compliment to Finance Minister Bill English that Labour
has not now has a Finance spokesman and four associates opposing him?
The four could complement the work David Parker will do but Dene Mackenzie points out they will also be competing with him:
Labour finance spokesman David Parker faces a daunting task of not only taking on Finance Minister Bill English in the House but in also keeping his four associate spokesmen in line. . .
While it can be argued Mr Shearer sees finance as the main focus of his new line-up, Mr Parker will need to rein in the substantial egos of the four other men. It could also be seen as a lack of confidence in Mr Parker, that he has four associates to back him up.
Mr Cunliffe was defeated as leader and is unlikely to have too many warm feelings for Mr Parker. Mr Jones completes his rehabilitation back to the front bench and will want to make his mark during debates in the House.
Mr Cosgrove, although defeated in his treasured Waimakariri electorate, is not short of confidence.
Mr Mallard, who actively worked with former leader Phil Goff and former deputy Annette King to have Mr Shearer elected, has worked in associate finance roles previously, with former finance minister Michael Cullen.
Mr Parker will find himself competing for speaking time with Messrs Cunliffe, Cosgrove and Jones.
He’ll also be competing with Finance spokespeople from other opposition parties and his leader didn’t give him a ringing endorsement when announcing the caucus line-up:
“. . . I’m not saying it will be better or worse, I’m saying it will be very different. . . “
Different but not necessarily better on top of the
imposition assitance of four associates is no compliment and it’s hardly a ringing endorsement of Parker when the associates are less likely to complement him than compete with him.