Paula Bennett’s retirement announcement has left Todd Muller with a choice.
He can move everyone up a place in caucus rankings or he can do a reshuffle that brings someone who is Maori up several places to appease those focused on identity politics.
He will be damned either way.
But there is a solution.
Simon Bridges who is currently languishing among the MPs who will retire at the election, could be brought up to the shadow cabinet.
He has the experience and ability caucus needs. He also happens to be Maori, not that that seemed to matter to those focused on identity politics when he was leader because to them, it’s not good enough to be in a particular group, you also have to be of the left.
This will require give and take from both men but they, caucus and the party will be stronger for it.