Fine piece from John Armstrong today about the failings of Liarbour's newer cabinet ministers.
Fair from being great hopes of the future, they are turning out somewhat disappointing.
There's Maryann Street, defending the indefensible and not following the advice of the PM, getting herself into more trouble, if not actually incurring Dear Leader's wrath.
But what joy to see Liarbour reaping what it sowed in 1999. The past does come back to haunt you, with Street defending two luxury retreats, and the Hawkes Bay DHB rubs it in with news its own retreat cost just $180 all-in.
Clayton Cosgrove is fingered by Armstrong over what he may or may not know about the shennanigans in the Immigration Ministry concerning Mary Ann Thompson and various issues.
And then we have Energy Minister David Parker , initially denying potential power problems.
But Liarbour has only itself to blame.
If it truly believes in diversity, the party needs to recruit from a wider cross-section of the community than it currently does. Not just being a party dominated Maori, gays and trades unionists. Such a small gene pool to choose from. No wonder they have so many shortcomings and are so out of touch.
UPDATE: Audrey Young at the Herald loses sympathy for Street and notes her deputy-leadersip chancs are harmed by the affair.