Week in politics

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.

Opinion: Government's pragmatism trumps principle in Budget

Opinion: Government's pragmatism trumps principle in Budget

One of the reasons why governments slowly decay and die is that the longer they are in office the more prone they become to ugly pragmatism and compromise of principle.

Opinion: Who cares about Gilmore?

Opinion: Who cares about Gilmore?

Does anyone outside the Wellington beltway really give a toss about Aaron Gilmore, a parliamentary nobody who beyond fulfilling his duties as backbench lobby fodder is an utter and complete irrelevance when it comes to matters of real political import?

Opinion: Horomia's political shoes not going to be easy to fill

Opinion: Horomia's political shoes not going to be easy to fill

The man who usually walked alongside the Labour leader to guide them on to a marae was not there this time. Instead, Labour's leader and his caucus were going on to a small marae in Tolaga Bay to farewell him.

Labour's power policy sends National a jolt

In the week or so since it revealed its hugely controversial plan to slash power prices, Labour has bared its teeth in venomous fashion at anyone questioning the wisdom of breaking up the wholesale electricity market just as it is showing signs of functioning as intended.

Opinion: GCSB watchdogs unlikely to make transparency a priority

Opinion: GCSB watchdogs unlikely to make transparency a priority

The latest annual report of the Inspector-general of Intelligence and Security is not going to weigh down the briefcase of your average pie-eating, Penthouse-consuming spook.

Opinion: National and Labour to lock horns over GCSB ban

Opinion: National and Labour to lock horns over GCSB ban

For the past two weeks John Key has been under the cosh from National's opponents to a degree not witnessed previously during his four year-plus stint as prime minister.

Opinion: Key violates protocols limiting politicians' prerogative

Opinion: Key violates protocols limiting politicians' prerogative

Like every good public servant inculcated with the bureaucracy's ethos of caution and restraint, Iain Rennie chooses his words very, very carefully.

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