On the case of the Prime Minister and the cake of soap, it
may just be time for people to take a sip of chamomile tea.
The international fight against Isis has provided bookends to
John Key's political year but it is a year that has proved
remarkably mild on the domestic front compared with the
turmoil of recent years.
Bill English gave an important speech at Parliament this week
about Maori, the state and self-determination.
Watching John Key's behaviour over this week has been similar
to watching him during the Teapot tapes in 2011.
Anyone raised on Perry Mason knows there is a golden rule for
lawyers - never ask a question in a public courtroom to which
you don't already know the answer.
Here is a message to the anonymous Herald reader who
was so angry with a column I had written that he offered to
drive me to the airport on condition I left the country.
The importance of National's support partners - Act New
Zealand, United Future and the Maori Party - has grown
immensely from election night a year ago.
Next week is an anniversary Labour leader Andrew Little and
his predecessors will remember but won't be celebrating.
Children's Commissioner Dr Russell Wills has done the
Government a huge favour with his report, ''State of Care'',
this week, whether he intended to or not.
Being a political animal, I decided the irresistible rugby
match during the last Rugby World Cup was Russia v America at
Yarrow's Stadium in New Plymouth.
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