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.
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.
David Cunliffe had been Labour leader for barely 24 hours
before he was boldly declaring he had put his party on a
Cometh the hour, cometh Cunliffe?
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.
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.
A boadicea with a Mona Lisa smile plus a wickedly infectious
chuckle to boot?
Journalists are by nature deeply suspicious of politicians
and the motives which drive them, and vice-versa.
It is a rare day in Parliament that someone gets the better
of Winston Peters.
When rumours of a Labour leadership coup broke on Tuesday
night, I bumped into a Green MP as I was racing back to the
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