Week in politics

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.

Opinion: Cunliffe's promises lift spirits of despondent unionists

Opinion: Cunliffe's promises lift spirits of despondent unionists

Maybe it was too early in the day, but the delegates' traditional rendition of the old union anthem, Solidarity Forever, was somewhat lacking in gusto at this week's Council of Trade Unions conference.

Opinion: Canny Cunliffe refrains from talking up poll rise

Opinion: Canny Cunliffe refrains from talking up poll rise

When it comes to commenting on opinion polls, there is a simple rule that all politicians should follow. Don't do it. It is a mug's game.

Opinion: Cunliffe's 'war footing' so far fails to gain purchase

David Cunliffe had been Labour leader for barely 24 hours before he was boldly declaring he had put his party on a ''war footing''.

Leadership vacuum as Labour drifts

Leadership vacuum as Labour drifts

On the face of it, Labour would seem deserving of much applause for rule changes which now make the election of the party's leader a far better exercise in democracy.

Opinion: Still plenty in the fight for the worst job in politics

There is an old saying that being the Leader of the Opposition is the worst job in politics. The role has one rather large thing going for it, however.

Shearer's new chief of staff could sharpen policy

Shearer's new chief of staff could sharpen policy

A boadicea with a Mona Lisa smile plus a wickedly infectious chuckle to boot?

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