Kitchen Cabinet – Premieres Tonight on ABC2 At 9.30pm – More For The Political Junkie Then The Cook
Annabel Crabb is extremely popular within political circles, not just because she is nice and has a wicked sense of humour, but also because she gives considered insightful political commentary. Tonight her new TV show Kitchen Cabinet premieres which merges the two themes of cooking and political life. Each week Annabel goes to a politicians home where they cook for her and she brings dessert.
Week one sees her get the scoop on why Liberal frontbencher Christopher Pyne has a wife. Apparently he can’t cook. Personally I think he is particularly lightweight when it comes to policy and this episode does not change my view of him.
This week he has managed to attract some media attention in his portfolio as shadow Education Minister with the funding review, and odds are he will want to keep the private/public funding ratio the same, which is outrageous considering some private schools are profit making entities.
However the good news is the affable Senator Amanda Vanstone steps in to cook for both Annabel and Christopher and she is always a fascinating personality
Christopher Pyne entered Parliament entered at the age of 25, and really is a career politician, and this is can be seen where he says he judges people on their loyalty rather han their skills. He castigates Gillard for removing Kim Carr from the cabinet because he helped her get her seat and the prime ministership, but she needed more then the Victorian left to get there. Whereas I would think having a Minister there who can actually deliver policies that will help the Australian community would be a more important skill to have.
Christopher also hints at the fact he was never promoted in the John Howard Government due to him insulting Howard in 1993. And he does take a swipe at the likes of Jackie Kelly, Dana Vale and Jim Lloyd who he clearly thinks he thinks were lightweight in the Howard era. As we can see his star is now on the rise, and he will be a Minister in a future Liberal Government and he certainly has confidence.
Annabel as the convenor of the show does it well, she keeps the conversation flowing, asks some pertinent questions and also appears to be able to cook. And let’s be frank there is sexism in TV she is awfully cute with her retro dresses and kitchen.
It is a nice concept for a TV show and deserves to have an audience though I expect people who are interested in politics will get more out of it then those who like to cook.
In the coming weeks Nigel Scullion and Penny Wong are on the show.
Kitchen Cabinet – Premieres Tonight on ABC2 at 9.30pm