Week in politics

Opinion: Failure to implement MMP advice blot on Key Government

Opinion: Failure to implement MMP advice blot on Key Government

If there is any such thing as karma in politics, then the National Party should deservedly pay a heavy price at some point for so blatantly putting naked self-interest ahead of the public interest with regard to the no small matter of reform of the MMP voting system.

Opinion: National tries hard to paint Cunliffe as untrustworthy

Opinion: National tries hard to paint Cunliffe as untrustworthy

In what is ominously but obviously fast becoming a year-long de facto election campaign, you can guarantee National will try and drum one particular message into voters' brains in coming months.

Opinion: Key focused on third term at any cost - even Peters

Opinion: Key focused on third term at any cost - even Peters

John Key's U-turn on working with Winston Peters was utterly predictable.

Opinion: Not putting a foot wrong makes Politician of the Year

Opinion: Not putting a foot wrong makes Politician of the Year

Some of his victims never saw it coming.

Opinion: Media junkie Colin Craig may find his condition fatal

Opinion: Media junkie Colin Craig may find his condition fatal

A mixture of grin quickly swallowed up by grimace swept across John Key's face following Colin Craig's intellectually lazy and politically stupid verbal doodling on the non-question of whether man has actually walked on the moon.

Opinion: Anadarko the perfect villain to galvanise Green voters

Opinion: Anadarko the perfect villain to galvanise Green voters

Stetsons at dawn? Even in their wildest moments of untrammelled optimism, the Greens - along with the wider environmental lobby - would struggle to come up with something which so marvellously helps their cause to quite the degree that the Anadarko Petroleum Corporation has managed to do.

Opinion: Pike River dead stance reveals Cunliffe/Key difference

Opinion: Pike River dead stance reveals Cunliffe/Key difference

So, for failing the families of the dead, a bunch of company directors and their chief executives are going to be wined and dined by the prime minister.

Opinion: Cunliffe appearing to be two different Labour leaders

Opinion: Cunliffe appearing to be two different Labour leaders

Allies and enemies of David Cunliffe are fast discovering Labour's leader of two months is something of a two-headed hydra: it seems at times there are two David Cunliffes - one speaking from the heart, the other speaking from both sides of his mouth.

Opinion: Crucial election battle looms in Dunne country

Opinion: Crucial election battle looms in Dunne country

The song says you can't beat Wellington on a good day. Even a bad day, too.

Opinion: Irrelevant remits a PC peril for Labour

Opinion: Irrelevant remits a PC peril for Labour

Well might the Biblical warning about reaping what you sow haunt David Cunliffe as he delivers his first speech to a Labour Party conference as leader.

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