Just for the record, our Latest from the Beehive Monitor has nothing to report this morning.
Actually, it has had nothing to report since October 15, when Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker announced that the Pacific regional trade and development agreement PACER Plus will enter into force in 60 days after it had been ratified by the required eight countries.
We imagine the occupants of the Beehive have been busy electioneering or some such, at least until Election Day, which explains the lack of Beehive announcements over the past week.And since Saturday night they will have been celebrating (if they are Labour or Green Ministers) or commiserating if not sulking (if they are New Zealand First Ministers).
The New Zealand First lot must return to Wellington, of course, but only to clear out their offices. The pundits meanwhile are busy speculating on who will get what job in the new ministry.
Whoever gets Foreign Affairs – let us declare – will have a hard act to follow. Winston Peters has done a splendid job in that portfolio and will be missed.
On the other hand, the Point of Order Trough Monitor will not be kept quite so busy after Shane Jones is replaced as Minister of Regional Economic Development.
The Provincial Growth Fund is being replaced by something with much less money in it, if we recall Jacinda Ardern’s policy pronouncements correctly. And Labour doesn’t have to throw big bucks around to win the support of the regions because it won that support – with a vengeance – at the weekend.
A final thought for now. Couldn’t we simply have a Minister of Trade, rather than a Minister of Trade and Export Growth?
The Minister of Education isn’t the Minister of Education and Brighter Students and the Minister of Health isn’t the Minister of Health and Improved Wellbeing.