Week in politics

Opinion: Labour putting emphasis on face-to-face canvassing

Opinion: Labour putting emphasis on face-to-face canvassing

Let's get one thing straight: the Labour Party is not shutting journalists out of its conference in Wellington this weekend despite some media and bloggers breathlessly, but inaccurately, claiming it is.

Opinion: Alternative Budget both visionary and responsible

Opinion: Alternative Budget both visionary and responsible

Amid the energy-sapping and morale-draining bouts of bedlam afflicting the New Zealand Labour Party, one senior caucus figure gives every impression of being a veritable rock of calm and stability.

Craig the curly question in potential National alliances

Craig the curly question in potential National alliances

Words were very much Paul Goldsmith's forte before the former speechwriter, press secretary and biographer entered Parliament three years ago.

Opinion: Jockeying for poll position real story behind the news

Opinion: Jockeying for poll position real story behind the news

The downfall and disgrace of John Banks may have seemed the story of the week. But the Epsom MP was already history - ancient history, in fact.

Naked pragmatism behind Mana's alliance with Dotcom

Naked pragmatism behind Mana's alliance with Dotcom

Sue Bradford may not be everyone's favourite cup of tea.

Opinion: Labour starting to look as if it is ready to govern

Opinion: Labour starting to look as if it is ready to govern

It must surely be tempting fate to mention it, but there are definite signs Labour has finally emerged from its long bleak winter of dysfunction, despair and inertia.

Opinion: Budget offers much to sway 'Middle New Zealand'

Opinion: Budget offers much to sway 'Middle New Zealand'

When it comes to searching for the inhabitants of that land otherwise described by politicians in Tolkien-sounding fashion as Middle New Zealand, you need look no further than the Hastings suburb of Mahora.

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.

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