In the public's mind, Colin Craig's confession that aspects
of his relationship with his former press secretary, Rachel
MacGregor, were ''inappropriate'' begs only one question:
just how inappropriate?
National needed a good Budget. It got one. The Budget was a
rock of certainty and continuity in a sea of almost surreal
politics played out most visibly and vividly by the Prime
Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.
A much-anticipated return to surplus somehow metamorphoses
into yet another unwelcome deficit; dairy prices slump ever
lower; the New Zealand dollar keeps rising ever higher; the
overheated Auckland property market makes the South Sea
Bubble of the 1700s look like an exercise in financial