Week in politics

Opinion: Western powers underestimate Russian president at their peril

Opinion: Western powers underestimate Russian president at their peril

While there might not be much to like about Vladimir Putin, Russia's president deserves respect - the kind of respect you would show for a hissing cobra in close proximity.

Opinion: McCarten's position backing Cunliffe campaign critical

Opinion: McCarten's position backing Cunliffe campaign critical

They are the powers behind the all-powerful.

Opinion: Labour seems still in starting blocks in race to election

Opinion: Labour seems still in starting blocks in race to election

The Labour Party is guaranteed one thing in the countdown to this year's general election: there is no danger of David Cunliffe peaking too soon.

Opinion: Jones' blitzkrieg against Countdown worthy of applauses

Opinion: Jones' blitzkrieg against Countdown worthy of applauses

The applause from his colleagues ought to be long and loud when Shane Jones arrives for Labour's weekly caucus meeting at Parliament next Tuesday.

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.

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