Week in politics

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.

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.

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