Week in politics

National MPs fail to stand up for under-fire Collins

National MPs fail to stand up for under-fire Collins

It has been a very long time since allegations of corruption have been levelled at a Cabinet minister with such a degree of seriousness as was apparent in Parliament on Wednesday afternoon.

Opinion: Labour's war room could face a stormin' Dr Norman

Opinion: Labour's war room could face a stormin' Dr Norman

Having turned its caucus room in Parliament Buildings into a war room staffed almost around the clock by policy wonks, political strategists, experts in both mass communication and social media, plus assorted press secretaries - and all in readiness for the coming general election - the Labour Party might find itself with another war on its hands before then.

Opinion: No 'if-onlys': Key out to neutralise interest rate issue

Opinion: No 'if-onlys': Key out to neutralise interest rate issue

If voters swallow John Key's line that a vote for Labour is a vote for higher interest rates, they will swallow anything the prime minister puts in front of them.

Opinion: Dotcom freakshow diverting attention from serious issues

Opinion: Dotcom freakshow diverting attention from serious issues

Whether the world is ready for Pam Corkery running around her neighbourhood waving her underwear in the air if Kim Dotcom pulls off the impossible and becomes a post-election kingmaker is a matter of no small debate.

Opinion: Blots not hurting National

Opinion: Blots not hurting National

As the countdown to September's general election becomes ever more frenetic, one thing is becoming increasingly obvious: those parties which stick to their knitting and produce fresh, even visionary ideas and viable policies stand to be the big winners.

Opinion: Can National retain confidence in Collins as a leader?

Opinion: Can National retain confidence in Collins as a leader?

Excuse me, but isn't Judith Collins the Minister of Justice?

Opinion: Western powers underestimate Russian president at their peril

Opinion: Western powers underestimate Russian president at their peril

While there might not be much to like about Vladimir Putin, Russia's president deserves respect - the kind of respect you would show for a hissing cobra in close proximity.

Opinion: McCarten's position backing Cunliffe campaign critical

Opinion: McCarten's position backing Cunliffe campaign critical

They are the powers behind the all-powerful.

Opinion: Labour seems still in starting blocks in race to election

Opinion: Labour seems still in starting blocks in race to election

The Labour Party is guaranteed one thing in the countdown to this year's general election: there is no danger of David Cunliffe peaking too soon.

Opinion: Jones' blitzkrieg against Countdown worthy of applauses

Opinion: Jones' blitzkrieg against Countdown worthy of applauses

The applause from his colleagues ought to be long and loud when Shane Jones arrives for Labour's weekly caucus meeting at Parliament next Tuesday.

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