Week in politics

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.

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.

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