Now that David Shearer no longer has to worry about a knife
being plunged into his back - at least not for a while - he
needs to tackle another longer-running attempted putsch of a
very different but equally serious kind.
Opinion: The 440-page report of the inquiry into the Pike
River mine disaster is an exemplary piece of work - thorough,
comprehensive, rigorous and surely one of the most
hard-hitting produced by a royal commission.
The $500,000 carrot to keep Doug Heffernan at the helm of
Mighty River Power until the company's partial privatisation
is done and dusted is a reminder of how the Government's
asset sales programme just keeps on throwing up curly
questions for National.
Casting himself as some kind of self- anointed Harbinger of
Economic Gloom and Doom, Winston Peters this week warned it
was now only a question of time before New Zealand's currency
reached dollar-for- dollar parity with its American
A hands-off policy might avoid some problems, but it can
create others ... and it won't work if a spy agency goes
feral. It illustrated how keen John Key was to put plenty of
distance between him and the Government Communications
This was the week the emperor found himself with no clothes,
new or otherwise; this was the week John Key was revealed to
be human after all; this was the week his Government looked