Week in politics

Week in Politics: Unfair 'Epsom clause' cynically backed by those it helps

The word "reform" drips readily off the tongues of politicians.

Parental leave Bill yields tricky times for National

Labour will claim both moral and tactical victories over National after this week's skirmishing over paid parental leave, and with some justification.

Comment: SSC more lap dog than guard dog

Comment: SSC more lap dog than guard dog

If next month's Budget likely features even more belt-tightening than earlier expected, there is one taxpayer-funded agency whose funding could surely go under the knife.

Week in Politics: Another awful week for stuck-on-the-back-foot National

Week in Politics: Another awful week for stuck-on-the-back-foot National

Is there any Auckland-based National MP who has not been lobbied, cajoled or inveigled into helping Bronwyn Pullar in her various insurance and ACC claims?

Week in Politics: Shearer steels himself to do things his way

Scanning the packed upstairs function room in Wellington's Wellesley Hotel on Thursday morning, a newspaper photographer with long experience of the habits of politicians summed up what was going on with a pithy observation: this was not your typical Labour Party audience.

Week in Politics: Push for referendum far more than politics of gesture

It would be easy to dismiss the campaign being spearheaded by Grey Power and the Council of Trade Unions for a referendum to halt National's partial state-asset-sales programme as the politics of gesture that will achieve nothing.

Week in politics: Winston the changed man for good reasons

It is surely tempting fate to say it, but a rather different, more mellow and more constructive Winston Peters now seems to inhabit the parliamentary complex.

Pattern of public service cuts becoming all too familiar

Pattern of public service cuts becoming all too familiar

The pattern is familiar by now. But that does not make it any easier for those affected. Or the process any less cynical.

Week in politics: Court puts cat among pigeons over foreign ownership

The High Court's shock blocking of the sale of the Crafar farms to a Chinese conglomerate has raised more questions than there are currently answers.

Key seems more wary now the honeymoon is over

Key seems more wary now the honeymoon is over

So it's goodbye Mr Smile and Wave, and hello Mr Grumpy. Or so the Prime Minister's critics would have you believe.

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