14 August 2002
'Do Nothing' Reshuffle Slap In Face For United
Helen Clark's new Cabinet line up confirms that this is a 'do nothing' Government, National Deputy Leader Roger Sowry
"This large executive is a slap in the face for Peter Dunne who has campaigned on reducing the size of the Government
executive to 18. Now he is supporting the largest and most expensive executive since the 1980s.
"The Prime Minister has enlarged the executive to balance the left and the right. What we have is a raft of
custom-designed job titles so that everyone can be in the executive rather than Clark choosing the best performers.
"In this reshuffle Clark has clearly moved Marian Hobbs sideways while retaining people like Judith Tizard and Margaret
Wilson who have been failures. Left with a mirage of other MPs lacking talent she's had to leave several MPs treading
water in their portfolios.
"It is no wonder the Prime Minister wants more control of how the media operates because she won't want the media to get
near all these junior ministers," Mr Sowry said.