Week in politics

Opinion: Peters' Bill focuses attention on role of Reserve Bank

Casting himself as some kind of self- anointed Harbinger of Economic Gloom and Doom, Winston Peters this week warned it was now only a question of time before New Zealand's currency reached dollar-for- dollar parity with its American equivalent.

Opinion: Tough lesson for Prime Minister in Dotcom blunders

Opinion: Tough lesson for Prime Minister  in Dotcom blunders

A hands-off policy might avoid some problems, but it can create others ... and it won't work if a spy agency goes feral. It illustrated how keen John Key was to put plenty of distance between him and the Government Communications Security Bureau.

Opinion: Dotcom voodoo takes shine off Key's halo

Opinion: Dotcom voodoo takes shine off Key's halo

This was the week the emperor found himself with no clothes, new or otherwise; this was the week John Key was revealed to be human after all; this was the week his Government looked distinctly ordinary.

Opinion: Banks' dream of 'Fortress Epsom' now pure fantasy

In hindsight, it was not the smartest thing John Banks has ever said.

Opinion: And don't criticise what you don't understand

Opinion: And don't criticise what you don't understand

Here is a blunt message for a couple of old-school Aro Valley-style socialists: Get off our backs. Stop behaving like a pair of tut-tutting old dowagers gossiping in the salons.

Govt's reputation as competent on line over water claim

Govt's reputation as competent on line over water claim

Whether you think the water claim to the Waitangi Tribunal by the New Zealand Maori Council is an audacious try-on or a legitimate test of legitimate rights, it is an issue that will make or break the reputations of many.

Main parties skirmishing for early election advantage

Main parties skirmishing for early election advantage

The Road to Economic Salvation is not so much paved with good intentions as littered with countless, soon-forgotten "vision" documents and their worthy, but illusory promises of halcyon days ahead.

Opinion: Waitangi Tribunal's findings will test deal-maker Key

Opinion: Waitangi  Tribunal's findings  will test deal-maker Key

The fact the Waitangi Tribunal's recommendations may be "ignored", as Prime Minister John Key bluntly reminded us this week, is indirectly one of the reasons it is held in such high regard by Maori.

Key champions pragmatism as core National principle

The last time anybody looked up the National Party's official guiding principles, pragmatism was not listed as being one of them.

Week in politics: National on target with policy, others scrambling

If Labour thinks National's new five-year targets for improvements in some of New Zealand's ugliest and most depressing statistics are little more than a political gimmick, then Labour should think again.

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