Week in politics

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?

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.

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