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.
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.
A boadicea with a Mona Lisa smile plus a wickedly infectious
chuckle to boot?
Journalists are by nature deeply suspicious of politicians
and the motives which drive them, and vice-versa.
It is a rare day in Parliament that someone gets the better
of Winston Peters.
When rumours of a Labour leadership coup broke on Tuesday
night, I bumped into a Green MP as I was racing back to the
Don't write the Maori Party off yet.
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.
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.
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''.
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