Week in politics

Opinion: National tries hard to paint Cunliffe as untrustworthy

Opinion: National tries hard to paint Cunliffe as untrustworthy

In what is ominously but obviously fast becoming a year-long de facto election campaign, you can guarantee National will try and drum one particular message into voters' brains in coming months.

Opinion: Key focused on third term at any cost - even Peters

Opinion: Key focused on third term at any cost - even Peters

John Key's U-turn on working with Winston Peters was utterly predictable.

Opinion: Not putting a foot wrong makes Politician of the Year

Opinion: Not putting a foot wrong makes Politician of the Year

Some of his victims never saw it coming.

Opinion: Media junkie Colin Craig may find his condition fatal

Opinion: Media junkie Colin Craig may find his condition fatal

A mixture of grin quickly swallowed up by grimace swept across John Key's face following Colin Craig's intellectually lazy and politically stupid verbal doodling on the non-question of whether man has actually walked on the moon.

Opinion: Anadarko the perfect villain to galvanise Green voters

Opinion: Anadarko the perfect villain to galvanise Green voters

Stetsons at dawn? Even in their wildest moments of untrammelled optimism, the Greens - along with the wider environmental lobby - would struggle to come up with something which so marvellously helps their cause to quite the degree that the Anadarko Petroleum Corporation has managed to do.

Opinion: Pike River dead stance reveals Cunliffe/Key difference

Opinion: Pike River dead stance reveals Cunliffe/Key difference

So, for failing the families of the dead, a bunch of company directors and their chief executives are going to be wined and dined by the prime minister.

Opinion: Cunliffe appearing to be two different Labour leaders

Opinion: Cunliffe appearing to be two different Labour leaders

Allies and enemies of David Cunliffe are fast discovering Labour's leader of two months is something of a two-headed hydra: it seems at times there are two David Cunliffes - one speaking from the heart, the other speaking from both sides of his mouth.

Opinion: Crucial election battle looms in Dunne country

Opinion: Crucial election battle looms in Dunne country

The song says you can't beat Wellington on a good day. Even a bad day, too.

Opinion: Irrelevant remits a PC peril for Labour

Opinion: Irrelevant remits a PC peril for Labour

Well might the Biblical warning about reaping what you sow haunt David Cunliffe as he delivers his first speech to a Labour Party conference as leader.

Opinion: Cunliffe's promises lift spirits of despondent unionists

Opinion: Cunliffe's promises lift spirits of despondent unionists

Maybe it was too early in the day, but the delegates' traditional rendition of the old union anthem, Solidarity Forever, was somewhat lacking in gusto at this week's Council of Trade Unions conference.

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