The Nation Waits….
The main event might be over, but behind the scenes, the drama continues. Who will Sir Toke select to sit with him on the round table?In the absence of any information from the Office of the Premier there is some speculation that there could be a change in the cabinet line-up. But if there is to be a change, just who is going to be the sacrificial lamb and who from the back-bench will move to the front? Or one that the electorate is dreading, who of the rookies will be rapidly promoted to the heady heights of a full ministerial post?
And then there is Hon Dalton Tagelagi, the youngest member in the line-up. He was returned by his village of Alofi South with a significant majority in the elections. His electorate would prefer it if he paid a little more attention to the village and a little less to the island as a whole, but this is not always easy for a Minister of the Crown.
The positions of Assistant Ministers are an important consideration when it comes to keeping caucus together. Sir Toke had used the posts as training ground for potential ministers or as a form of appeasement for demoted ministers. Based on that premise alone, is it now time for Talaititama Talaiti to move up the ranks? Or will Sir Toke do what most people are dreading – the appointment of a token female representative in cabinet. The last such appointment had a mixed reception from the electorate. Any suggestion at tokenism is likely to be received with absolute disdain by the island’s educated and well informed women.
But this is politics, Niue politics in particular. The final decision rests with just one person…and experience has shown that he will do what he has to do to ensure his survival.