Week in politics

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?

Key afflicted by a sudden bout of crisis management

Key afflicted  by a sudden bout of crisis management

Journalists are by nature deeply suspicious of politicians and the motives which drive them, and vice-versa.

Others find Bridges difficult man to cross

Others find Bridges difficult man to cross

It is a rare day in Parliament that someone gets the better of Winston Peters.

Opinion: Should Labour bring back Cunliffe if Shearer goes?

Opinion: Should Labour bring back Cunliffe if Shearer goes?

When rumours of a Labour leadership coup broke on Tuesday night, I bumped into a Green MP as I was racing back to the office.

Opinion: Where goes the Maori Party from here, Mr Flavell?

Opinion: Where goes the Maori Party from here, Mr Flavell?

Don't write the Maori Party off yet.

Opinion: Key steals a march on his opponents once again

Opinion: Key steals a march on his opponents once again

National's decision - very much John Key's decision - to bite the bullet and set a 2020 start for building the $2.9 billion Auckland City Rail Link is a political masterstroke.

Opinion: Key goes back into attack mode ahead of by-elections

Opinion: Key goes back into attack mode ahead of by-elections

They are a bunch of ''bozos''; Winston Peters' attacks on Chinese tourists are ''madness''; and Labour's promotion of a capital gains tax is a ''dog'' of a policy.

Opinion: Greens try to smell democratic and still get things done

Opinion: Greens try to smell democratic and still get things done

As a gesture to the allergic and the asthmatic - a gesture which was inevitably interpreted by opponents as yet another tribute to the Gods of Political Correctness - last weekend's Greens' conference was officially ''fragrance-free''.

Opinion: Politics continues to make strange bedfellows indeed

Opinion: Politics continues to make strange bedfellows indeed

It was bad news enough for Labour this week that two major opinion polls registered morale-sapping widening of the gulf in the party's support compared with National's rating - a gap which had begun to close in previous months.

Opinion: Asset sales millions flowing towards Christchurch

Opinion: Asset sales millions flowing towards Christchurch

You do not have to burrow too deeply into the annual government accounts to uncover the untold story of last week's Budget.

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