Week in politics

Brash shows single-mindedness in blitzkrieging of Hide

Brash shows single-mindedness in blitzkrieging of Hide

How many more times is TV news going to repeat that clip of an ungainly-looking Don Brash slowly and awkwardly squeezing into the driver's seat of a midget car at Auckland's Western Springs speedway in 2005?

National's wariness may have succumbed to weariness

National's wariness may have succumbed to weariness

For the first time in quite some time, the National minority Government this week looked a bit ragged around the edges. Not hugely so, mind you. But wariness seems to have succumbed to a degree of weariness.

At last, the Greens are learning to market themselves

At last, the Greens are learning to market themselves

The Greens have long enjoyed the advantage of having a clearly-defined brand. They have long had the policies to give that brand real substance.

Caucus ensures Goff's position strengthened

Caucus ensures Goff's position strengthened

Phil Goff's assertion that he has emerged from the Darren Hughes crisis with his grip on the Labour leadership having been strengthened has an element of truth.

Lapse of judgement made Hughes' resignation inevitable

Lapse of judgement made Hughes' resignation inevitable

Darren Hughes' resignation from Parliament was inevitable from the moment it became public knowledge that he was under police investigation.

Act's long, hard road from populism back to principle

Act's long, hard road from populism back to principle

For the several hundreds of thousands of voters of conservative mind, Rodney Hide has a message. If they think they can afford to watch Act New Zealand go down the gurgler, they should think again.

Fallacy in approach to state sector reform exposed

Fallacy in approach to state sector reform exposed

A politician of the calibre of Bill English should never have got into the kind of pickle he landed himself in this week.

Earthquake a test of National's resolve and organisation

Earthquake a test of National's resolve and organisation

John Key is a 100% right. Christchurch's recovery, both in economic and social terms, will not solely be a test of the city's character.

Political tactics are race-blind - Hone's surely a goner

Political tactics are race-blind - Hone's surely a goner

Ignore the flowery twaddle being talked up in Maoridom about how the prosecution of Hone Harawira ought to have proceeded according to the principles of kaupapa Maori from the very start.

Labour leader boxed in alongside Winston Peters

Labour leader boxed in alongside Winston Peters

It goes without saying that Phil Goff has a major problem in simply connecting with voters. More to the point, voters find it difficult to connect with him.

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