The Dim-Post

January 18, 2013

Too big to fail

Filed under: Politics — danylmc @ 10:03 am

The Herald reports:

Prime Minister John Key says Education Minister Hekia Parata will be safe in an upcoming Cabinet reshuffle, despite her troubles last year, because she is hugely talented and one of National’s best communicators.

I think the best way to read this is that we’re now paying $10-20k a month for a trusted political consultant who reports to the Prime Minister’s Office to do most of Parata’s job for her and make sure that Education is now a low risk, no surprises portfolio.


  1. “… Hekia Parata will be safe in an upcoming Cabinet reshuffle … because she is … one of National’s best communicators.”

    “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.”

    Comment by Flashing Light — January 18, 2013 @ 10:55 am

  2. Too big to fail? More like too dumb to fail. National are trying to hang on to her with all their might. She’s slipping, boys, yes she’s slipping. But a scapegoat they will need and a scapegoat they shall have.

    Comment by Dan — January 18, 2013 @ 11:02 am

  3. “one of National’s best communicators”.

    Either Key is so arrogant that he thinks we will believe anything or he is completely out of touch with what is going on in the Education portfolio. My guess is the former.

    Comment by wyndham — January 18, 2013 @ 11:14 am

  4. To use a story trader Key would know – this looks a lot like Nick Leeson and Barings Bank piling failure on top of failure in an attempt to dig oneself out of a hole. I suspect it’ll all end the same.

    Comment by Bill Engrish — January 18, 2013 @ 11:15 am

  5. “… Hekia Parata will be safe in an upcoming Cabinet reshuffle … because she is … one of National’s best communicators.”

    And after saying that he promptly fainted.

    Comment by Sanctuary — January 18, 2013 @ 11:39 am

  6. …and then ran away to Antarctica!

    Comment by Dubtropic — January 18, 2013 @ 1:38 pm

  7. 7 across: Reshuffled pariah, take a skilled communicator? (5,6).

    Comment by PPCM — January 18, 2013 @ 1:43 pm

  8. @PPCM: I took your cryptic clue to an anagram server, and it turns out “Reshuffled pariah” becomes “Harried Lapse Huff”.

    Perhaps Key is feeling sorry for her, because, as I understand it that her husband, Wira, is quite unwell. Then again, maybe she has a cunning plan to rebuild her shredded credibilty which involves suing the Aussie owners of Novapay, or something.

    Comment by mikaerecurtis — January 18, 2013 @ 2:25 pm

  9. @mikaerecurtis: Thanks for that…is also an anagram for “Fire up Half-Arsed”. It is the anagram for “Pariah, take a” which I was asking you to reshuffle. 🙂

    Comment by PPCM — January 18, 2013 @ 3:32 pm

  10. “Sacked after a year, looks like you fucked up. Sacked after a week, looks like he fucked up” – Malcolm Tucker

    Comment by Hugh — January 18, 2013 @ 4:08 pm

  11. try reshuffling “pariah” and “take”.

    Comment by peterlepaysan — January 18, 2013 @ 5:59 pm

  12. …one of National’s best communicators.

    3News gleefully took up the challenge and presented some examples of one of National’s best communicators in action. I was kind of disappointed they didn’t replace the stretches of incomprehensible bureaucrat-speak with “Aaaaaaaaargh!”, but other than that it was eminently satisfactory.

    Comment by Psycho Milt — January 18, 2013 @ 7:13 pm

  13. Precious multi-carat metal to comedian/ennes in the John Clarke mould: simply repeat verbatim and po-faced any of a multitude of Hekiaaaaaghisms. Tragic in a way, but not unfamiliar to a veritable flock of current tory appointee mutton: the belated dawning that earlier plaudits resulted from the marketing advantage inherent in serendipitous physical, rather than intellectual, genetic advantage. Some, such as Botox Collins will keep the dream alive a few more months, but the Shipleys and Richardsons among us will have the last smirk.

    Comment by ak — January 18, 2013 @ 10:35 pm

  14. @ mikaere – perhaps Key has sympathy for Parata because of her hubby Wira, but I suspect it is more to do with National’s inability to sustain a female lineup that isn’t an instant laughing stock. Katherine Rich was their last capable female ministerial candidate; Hekia, Kate Wilkinson, Anne Tolley, Paula Bennett all have been awfully inept. Judith Collins is their only capable woman minister. Which does beg the question of why backbenchers like Jackie Blue (a GP I think) have never been promoted…

    I’m just surprised Amy Adams and Nikkia Kaye haven’t got higher rank, and Tolley, Wilkinson, and Parata shown the door. Competence counts.

    Comment by bob — January 19, 2013 @ 12:21 am

  15. @ Bob, maybe they choose hopeless female ministers because they want their female ministers to be incompetent and discredit the idea of female ministers

    Comment by kahikatea — January 19, 2013 @ 11:31 am

  16. @Kahikatea: I think that’s giving them a bit too much credit. In Parata’s case, high level Education policy remains firmly under the thumb of Bill English, so the job of Education Minister is really just to be a spokesperson and implementer. Somebody who’s too bright might stamp on Bill’s fingers, and we can’t have that.

    Comment by Hugh — January 19, 2013 @ 4:31 pm

  17. For once JK is telling the truth. Parata is one of the best communicators the Nats have. Just look at all the other ones… Once upon a time, calling someone a good communicator meant that he/she talks too much and couldn’t be shut up.

    Comment by Augustus — January 21, 2013 @ 11:20 am

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