Week in politics

Opinion: Jones' blitzkrieg against Countdown worthy of applauses

Opinion: Jones' blitzkrieg against Countdown worthy of applauses

The applause from his colleagues ought to be long and loud when Shane Jones arrives for Labour's weekly caucus meeting at Parliament next Tuesday.

Opinion: Failure to implement MMP advice blot on Key Government

Opinion: Failure to implement MMP advice blot on Key Government

If there is any such thing as karma in politics, then the National Party should deservedly pay a heavy price at some point for so blatantly putting naked self-interest ahead of the public interest with regard to the no small matter of reform of the MMP voting system.

Opinion: National tries hard to paint Cunliffe as untrustworthy

Opinion: National tries hard to paint Cunliffe as untrustworthy

In what is ominously but obviously fast becoming a year-long de facto election campaign, you can guarantee National will try and drum one particular message into voters' brains in coming months.

Opinion: Key focused on third term at any cost - even Peters

Opinion: Key focused on third term at any cost - even Peters

John Key's U-turn on working with Winston Peters was utterly predictable.

Opinion: Not putting a foot wrong makes Politician of the Year

Opinion: Not putting a foot wrong makes Politician of the Year

Some of his victims never saw it coming.

Opinion: Media junkie Colin Craig may find his condition fatal

Opinion: Media junkie Colin Craig may find his condition fatal

A mixture of grin quickly swallowed up by grimace swept across John Key's face following Colin Craig's intellectually lazy and politically stupid verbal doodling on the non-question of whether man has actually walked on the moon.

Opinion: Anadarko the perfect villain to galvanise Green voters

Opinion: Anadarko the perfect villain to galvanise Green voters

Stetsons at dawn? Even in their wildest moments of untrammelled optimism, the Greens - along with the wider environmental lobby - would struggle to come up with something which so marvellously helps their cause to quite the degree that the Anadarko Petroleum Corporation has managed to do.

Opinion: Pike River dead stance reveals Cunliffe/Key difference

Opinion: Pike River dead stance reveals Cunliffe/Key difference

So, for failing the families of the dead, a bunch of company directors and their chief executives are going to be wined and dined by the prime minister.

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.

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