Amongst all the kerfuffle of looking at the rankings and portfolios that David Shearer has just divvied out amongst the Labour team, I completely failed to notice which portfolio he'd kept for himself. Apparently, he's kept the Science and Innovation portfolio. Which is encouraging, even though I think it's a silly name for a portfolio. The innovation part of it always seems like it should be part of the economic development portfolio and lumping it with science just makes it seem like it's expected that all our science is expected to be directed towards innovative money making ideas. That's just me being picky though.
It's also encouraging when you look at the portfolios that the top four or five people have : science and innovation, environment and tertiary education, skills and training, finance, social development, economic development and associate finance roles. Yes, finance is always going to be in the top five, but look at the rest of it, I could be completely wrong, but that does look to me like an emphasis on people and places first, whilst not forgetting the economics of it all. I could of course, just be imagining it, we shall have to wait and see.