Week in politics

Key's smile shows full set of shark's teeth

Key's smile shows full set of shark's teeth

This was classic attack politics. You get in first with your version of events. In a sound-bite democracy no-one remembers your opponent's rebuttal.

Mediocre Budget may spark dip in National's popularity

Mediocre Budget may spark dip in National's popularity

John Key and his National Party colleagues may well take a hit in the polls in the wake of Thursday's mediocre Budget.

Easing through the 'mother of all Budget deficits'

Easing through the 'mother of all Budget deficits'

Bill English's third Budget will be tough, perhaps the toughest in a generation. But this next Thursday's document won't be as tough as people fear. Or as tough as people have been led to believe.

Parliament's inflexibility displaces Act press conference

Parliament's inflexibility displaces Act press conference

If the law is an ass, then Parliament's rules are sometimes as stubborn and stupid as a pack of mules.

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.

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