Polytech post for Crusher’s hubby is a good sign that we Nats want to keep things in the family

April 16, 2010

Keep an eye out for the next batch of Government appointments to important jobs. Or to the not-so-important ones, come to think of it.

So long as a minister does the appointing and a few bucks are dished out to the appointees for their work, Alf is interested.

He has been quietly promoting the name of Mrs Grumble among his mates in the Cabinet, urging them to give her a go on one of the boards whose memberships they control.

Sure, you can call it nepotism or jobs for the boys (and gals). But hey – what’s the point of being an MP if you can’t push your missus’s barrow and try to land a bit of extra dosh for the family.
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Our Gerry-built power future

February 24, 2009

Gerry Brownlee – splendid fellow – is earning his keep as Energy and Resources Minister by thinking long and hard about his portfolio, and about our increasingly tatty electricity network.

He is resisting the urge to draw hasty conclusions, but he’s smart enough to be thinking about finding someone else to help him think.

And so – says a media statement today – he’s considering a Ministerial Working Party to reshape the regulatory functions of the electricity industry.

About time. Personally, Alf wouldn’t have buggered around and would have pulled the plug on the Electricity Commission by now.

But back to Brownlee, who made his announcement in a speech to the national power conference in Auckland.

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