Week in politics

Downgrades dent in Nats' economic manager claims

Downgrades dent in Nats' economic manager claims

As much as Bill English downplayed yesterday's downgrades of New Zealand's credit rating, the double whammy from Standard and Poor's and the Fitch ratings agency inevitably casts a big shadow over National's claim to be the most competent manager of the economy.

Co-operation a two-way street heading to compromise

Co-operation a two-way street heading to compromise

Contained within Labour's thoughtful and thought-provoking recovery plan for earthquake-shattered Christchurch is what might appear to be a rather generous promise.

McCully responds by taking responsibility

McCully responds by taking responsibility

Few politicians routinely get such a bad press as tends to be the case with Murray McCully. The starting point seems to be if Mr McCully is involved, then that means trouble, much of it unnecessary.

Politics-free Cup may help Goff's campaign

Politics-free Cup may help Goff's campaign

A politics-free period may be useful for Phil Goff as he tries to put some distance between himself and the rekindling of speculation a few weeks ago regarding the Labour leadership.

Labour's downward spiral spells opportunity for Greens

Labour's downward spiral spells opportunity for  Greens

Is the surge in support for the Greens the result of the party doing most things right? Or is it simply down to almost everything going wrong for Labour?

Labour MPs focusing on post-election fallout

Labour MPs focusing on post-election fallout

For the past three years, Phil Goff has tirelessly pushed his boulder Sisyphus-like up the hill, only for it to roll back down each time.

Nats' welfare reform puts Labour in spot

Nats' welfare reform puts Labour in spot

It's welfare reform, Jim, but not as we know it. National's first substantial foray into territory from which it fled in undignified retreat in the Ruth Richardson-Jenny Shipley era is very cautious, very measured and very unthreatening - deliberately so.

Govt wants answers on milk; but not yet

Govt wants answers on milk; but not yet

Mission impossible? The green light may have been given for a long-awaited parliamentary inquiry into the price of milk, but the approval may have come too late for the commerce select committee to come up with any findings before the election.

Embarrassing and disgraceful behaviour from Labour

Embarrassing and disgraceful behaviour from Labour

The Labour Party does not have very much cause to feel grateful for anything right now. But it should get down on bended knees and thank the Almighty that hardly anybody would have been watching Parliament late on Wednesday afternoon.

Gloves off with plagiarisation of NZ First's policies

Gloves off with plagiarisation of NZ First's policies

To brand a political opponent as destructive and duplicitous is a bit rich when you subsequently pilfer a couple of his party's key policy planks without even a word of acknowledgement.

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