Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson will become the Government’s informal Minister for Delivery, thanks to a newly created “implementation unit” within the Government’s powerful Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, or DPMC.
The move comes after a term of Government in which several big-ticket plans fell apart as they were implemented – most notably KiwiBuild and light rail in Auckland – and is inspired by a unit set up by British PM Tony Blair. . .
The job ad says the “small team” will support Robertson to “ensure implementation of key Government priorities,” and to step in and “facilitate appropriate interventions when implementation is at risk”. . .
Goodness me, does this mean the government of making announcements is actually going to become a government of doing something?
What’s happened to Ministerial responsibility where the Ministers who are paid to do a job which includes making sure that what they announce actually happens?
And is this the biggest vote of no-confidence by a deputy PM in his colleagues ability to do things ever?