Week in politics

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.

First Goff, Key, next Green's Norman into the fray

First Goff, Key, next Green's Norman into the fray

The bold start to the political year by Phil Goff and John Key has a sequel tomorrow when Greens co-leader Russel Norman relaunches the case for a capital gains tax in his "state of the planet" speech. That should cause waves for a party cruising through relatively calm waters.

Labour must show some respect or Key will carry on

Labour must show some respect or Key will carry on

Within the deep recesses of the Labour Party and elsewhere on the left, there is a lingering arrogance saturated with an intellectual snobbery which both blinds and deludes its sufferers.

Read the rankings and wonder where they come from

Read the rankings and wonder where they come from

It goes without saying that any independently written dossier highlighting which MPs are successfully clawing their way up politics' greasy pole and which are firmly on the slide is essential reading for Parliament's ambition-crazed inhabitants.

Individual MPs aside, focus will be formal Pike inquiry

Individual MPs aside, focus will be formal Pike inquiry

It is inevitable as the sun rises that politics will barge its way through the door soon enough and jolt the nation out of its temporarily dazed state of unity in adversity, while simultaneously blithely ignoring the very private and much deeper grief of the families of the 29 miners killed in the Pike River Coal tragedy.

Beyond Mana, more by-elections may be on horizon

Beyond Mana, more by-elections may be on horizon

By-elections have not always been the rarity they are today. With the wonders of Wikipedia, and mortality rates being what they were 100 years ago, we can easily know that four deaths and a resignation precipitated five by-elections in the 17th Parliament, 1909-11.

Week in politics: Work yet to be done setting up constitutional review

Week in politics: Work yet to be done setting up constitutional review

One of the big items yet to be ticked off on the Government's must-do coalition agenda is setting up the promised constitutional review.

Defence Force review - robbing Peter to pay Peter?

Defence Force review - robbing Peter to pay Peter?

The joke doing the rounds of the military has it that there seems to be no spare cash for anything other than hiring expensive consultants to squeeze more money out of the Defence Force's budget to hire even more expensive consultants ...

It was a hobbit-hole, and that didn't mean comfort

It was a hobbit-hole, and that didn't mean comfort

Thanks to his considerable political nous, his out-and-out pragmatism and his canny ability to strike a deal in the least favourable of circumstances, John Key largely escaped being the latest victim of what the film industry - from Hollywood to Wellywood - is calling the Curse of the Hobbit.

Harawira fast becoming complete waste of political space

Harawira fast becoming complete waste of political space

Far be it that a British immigrant of Anglo-Saxon lineage who has never got around to taking out New Zealand citizenship should lecture a Maori Party MP on the dos and don'ts of politics.

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