Week in politics

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.

Opinion: Prosser let off the hook as parties jostle for position

Opinion: Prosser let off the hook as parties jostle for position

The ratings for TVNZ's Seven Sharp may be going through the floor with (older) viewers finding little sustenance in the show's anaemic diet which mixes social media-heavy with current affairs lite.

Opinion: Joyce's shouldering of payroll crisis part of Mr Fix-It brief

Opinion: Joyce's shouldering of payroll crisis part of Mr Fix-It brief

The story goes something like this: when the prime minister called for a volunteer to bring more than a semblance of order to the chaos flowing from the introduction of a new payroll system for the country's schools, Steven Joyce looked around the room, saw who was there and realised it was John Key's way of telling him to put up his hand for the job.

Opinion: Shearer still needs a hook to capture voters' attention

Opinion: Shearer still needs a hook to capture voters' attention

Winston Peters did it by combining oratory with outrage while flashing his disarmingly seductive smile and exploiting the elderly's nostalgia for a New Zealand that never was.

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.

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