Week in politics

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.

Opinion: Spin on Doc's restructuring draws a rather long bow

Opinion: Spin on Doc's restructuring draws a rather long bow

When it comes to delivering bad news about the fauna and flora of the nation, the same advice applies as to tramping near fairy tern nesting sites: tread with meticulous care.

National defying political gravity to stay ahead

National defying political gravity to stay ahead

Why has National remained so incredibly popular for so long despite suffering continuing calamities, embarrassments and unwanted distractions, many of them self-inflicted?

Opinion: Labour has work to do on anti-privatisation campaign

Opinion: Labour has work to do on anti-privatisation campaign

When it comes to dealing with Labour's enemies - or as he would prefer to say - dealing to them, Clayton Cosgrove displays all the sympathy and mercy of a knuckleduster-carrying Rottweiler.

Cavalier attitude insult to committee

Cavalier attitude insult to committee

What on earth does the management at Mighty River Power think it was doing, with its blanket refusal to answer questions posed by the very parliamentary committee to which those running the power generator are supposedly accountable?

National could not face consequence of High Court loss

National could not face consequence of High Court loss

Although it takes some swallowing, the prime minister's insistence there was no plan B had the Supreme Court blocked the part-sale of Mighty River Power has to be taken at face value.

Mr Fix-it behaves like Mr Fudge-it

Mr Fix-it behaves like Mr Fudge-it

Mr Fix-it has become Mr Fudge-it. It was National's good fortune this week that the Minister of Economic Development also happens to be National's unofficial Minister of Damage Control.

Opinion: Prosser let off the hook as parties jostle for position

Opinion: Prosser let off the hook as parties jostle for position

The ratings for TVNZ's Seven Sharp may be going through the floor with (older) viewers finding little sustenance in the show's anaemic diet which mixes social media-heavy with current affairs lite.

Opinion: Joyce's shouldering of payroll crisis part of Mr Fix-It brief

Opinion: Joyce's shouldering of payroll crisis part of Mr Fix-It brief

The story goes something like this: when the prime minister called for a volunteer to bring more than a semblance of order to the chaos flowing from the introduction of a new payroll system for the country's schools, Steven Joyce looked around the room, saw who was there and realised it was John Key's way of telling him to put up his hand for the job.

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