It is not often that the big surprise in a Budget is
something that will not be in it at all.
Last week, Donald J. Trump set out his "America First''
At first blush, the Government's invitation to Labour leader
Andrew Little to visit the troops in Iraq appeared to be a
Foreign buyers, property speculators, banks, real estate
agents, mortgage brokers, council rates, baby boomers -
they've all had a lift one way or another from the overheated
Auckland property market.
You can take the man out of politics but Sir Michael Cullen's
bravura performance when delivering a briefing on the review
of intelligence agencies shows you can't take the politician
out of the man.
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.
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