Week in politics

Opinion: Credit due for trying to start ageing population debate

Opinion: Credit due for trying to start ageing population debate

Will the staunch critics of MMP finally be shown to have been right all along? Does their long-held assertion that the policy compromises flowing from a proportional voting system work against the long-term national interest have some basis after all?

Labour must show Greens which party senior partner

Labour must show Greens which party senior partner

Now that David Shearer no longer has to worry about a knife being plunged into his back - at least not for a while - he needs to tackle another longer-running attempted putsch of a very different but equally serious kind.

Opinion: Labour looks to its history to chart the way forward

For the first time in a long time, Labour has come up with something radical on the policy front which may grab the public's attention, and which National cannot really get away with copying.

Opinion: Conference a chance for Shearer to make his presence felt

David Lange could certainly do it. He could turn it on and off like a tap.

Opinion: Pike River lessons hard despite Wilkinson's soft exit

Opinion: The 440-page report of the inquiry into the Pike River mine disaster is an exemplary piece of work - thorough, comprehensive, rigorous and surely one of the most hard-hitting produced by a royal commission.

Opinion: Treasury drops a hint it may be open to new ideas

Opinion: Treasury drops a hint it may be open to new ideas

After nigh on three decades of constant and unflinching devotion to free-market economic orthodoxy, the Treasury seems to be opening the door to fresh thinking, albeit only slightly.

Opinion: Asset sales plan continues getting spokes in its wheels

Opinion: Asset sales plan continues getting spokes in its wheels

The $500,000 carrot to keep Doug Heffernan at the helm of Mighty River Power until the company's partial privatisation is done and dusted is a reminder of how the Government's asset sales programme just keeps on throwing up curly questions for National.

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.

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