Week in politics

Week in politics: Peters close to self-parody with specious immigrant rant

So much for the theory that Winston Peters was mellowing into Parliament's version of everyone's favourite, if somewhat cranky and irascible, uncle.

Week in politics: Key's missive to beleaguered National not before time

Still reeling from their public caning over the now-axed rejigging of class sizes and teacher numbers, National Party ministers got a blunt talking-to from the Prime Minister at last Monday's Cabinet meeting.

Week in politics: U-turn Parata needs education in politics

If Hekia Parata is to remain in the education portfolio for any length of time, she needs to stop spouting meaningless blather.

Week in politics: Greens must remain highly visible on mainstream issues

In the Prime Minister's not-so-good books on Monday; possum in the media's headlights on Tuesday; political road-kill by Thursday.

Week in politics: Nats will have to make big super calls sooner or later

The ultra-orthodox Budget was sold on Thursday by Bill English as the last word in fiscal rectitude, but it lacked for one rather necessary ingredient.

Opinion: National inches closer to a backlash as cutbacks loom

Thanks largely to some adroit politics on its part, National has yet to cop any substantial public backlash to its various austerity measures.

Week in politics: Now, about child support

If National is as hell-bent on radical welfare reform as its critics insist it is, then it would surely overhaul the flawed child support scheme with the same gusto that this week saw it offer free long-acting, reversible contraception to mothers on benefits and their teenage daughters.

Week in politics: In absence of public pressure, Key stands by Banks

Make no mistake. Prime Minister John Key will dump the Hon John Archibald Banks QSO CNZM from his ministry if circumstances so dictate.

Act adopts softly-softly approach over charter schools

With work now starting on the blueprint for the first batch of "charter" schools, the scene would seem to have been set for a real ding-dong battle as opponents try to mobilise the only weapon they have to halt or at least delay the concept becoming reality - public opinion.

Unfair 'Epsom clause' cynically backed by those it helps

The word "reform" drips readily off the tongues of politicians. As long as, that is, the said reform applies to others and not themselves. It is a very different matter when political parties' self-interest is at stake.

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