Week in politics

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.

Cue to voters: Key takes 'tacit nod' to extreme-sport level

Cue to voters: Key takes 'tacit nod' to extreme-sport level

So begins the new season of that political sport known as "the tacit nod" - the hints of varying hues of subtlety which political leaders give their followers to vote a certain way to either decrease their opponents' chances or increase those of their allies.

Capital gains tax plan a shot in the arm for Labour

Capital gains tax plan a shot in the arm for Labour

Chalk this one up as something of a triumph for Phil Goff. So far, at least.

Punt on capital gains tax highlights Goff's predicament

Punt on capital gains tax highlights Goff's predicament

Phil Goff is not just risk averse. He is risk-phobic.

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