Week in politics

Brownlee delivered for Christchurch when it mattered

Brownlee delivered for Christchurch when it mattered

It may not be the done thing to go into bat for Gerry Brownlee. But a lot of the stick he has been getting as Earthquake Recovery minister has not been warranted.

Labour needs more mongrel in privatisation issue

Labour needs more mongrel in privatisation issue

Such is John Key's Midas touch, he could probably sell ice-cubes to Eskimos - and at a premium price. Selling the merits of even partial privatisations to once-bitten, ever-shy New Zealanders ahead of the November election will be a far tougher test of the Prime Minister's undoubted skills and acumen.

Treasury's stance on sales makes Govt look moderate

Treasury's stance on sales makes Govt look moderate

It may sound barmy, but maybe the Treasury should be added to the list of state assets National has singled out for post-election share floats.

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.

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