Week in politics

Opinion: No 'if-onlys': Key out to neutralise interest rate issue

Opinion: No 'if-onlys': Key out to neutralise interest rate issue

If voters swallow John Key's line that a vote for Labour is a vote for higher interest rates, they will swallow anything the prime minister puts in front of them.

Opinion: Dotcom freakshow diverting attention from serious issues

Opinion: Dotcom freakshow diverting attention from serious issues

Whether the world is ready for Pam Corkery running around her neighbourhood waving her underwear in the air if Kim Dotcom pulls off the impossible and becomes a post-election kingmaker is a matter of no small debate.

Opinion: Blots not hurting National

Opinion: Blots not hurting National

As the countdown to September's general election becomes ever more frenetic, one thing is becoming increasingly obvious: those parties which stick to their knitting and produce fresh, even visionary ideas and viable policies stand to be the big winners.

Opinion: Can National retain confidence in Collins as a leader?

Opinion: Can National retain confidence in Collins as a leader?

Excuse me, but isn't Judith Collins the Minister of Justice?

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.

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