For much of this year, almost all the diversity in politics has been down at the retail end, where apparent differences reside in the tone, and in details.
EU competition watchdogs, who have just levied a $3.3 billion fine on Google, with anti-competitive practices at the heart of a court battle that’s been seven years in the making.
The fact NZ now reigns supreme once again in the most sophisticated contest in the world’s most elite sport can’t help but reflect the trajectory the country has been on since the 1980s.
New Zealand scores well on many international rankings of openness… those surveys have also pinpointed major weaknesses.
Anyone feeling that the watchdog roles of the media and Parliament have seen justice done to the scoundrel behind the taping scandal… well, maybe they should think again.
Emmanuel Macron’s “revolution” will complete its electoral phase with the final round of voting for the Assemblee Nationale.
One of the other factors evident in yesterday’s fire is the speed with which the fire climbed the outer shell of the building once it had escaped from its original site.
Evidently, Labour wants to branded itself with swing voters as an anti-immigration party making concerned noises about the festering irritations of living and working in Auckland.
Ignoring Jeremy Corbyn’s sensational election campaign for a moment – it has to be said that Britain is now really up shit creek.
In the wake of the Comey testimony, one of Donald Trump’s White House defenders has claimed in her boss’s defence: “The President is not a liar.”
Tillerson’s sober re-assurances to PM Bill English that the US remains committed to global and regional engagement count for very little.
Rex Tillerson will be welcomed in style – even though he could fairly be called the least influential person in decades to hold the post.
Naturally, Trump has framed his decision as a patriotic duty. Yet the withdrawal will do next to nothing to restore American jobs and communities.
While there will be a sigh of relief all around that the old Morris dancing/hemp smoking days have gone for good, it is not quite so evident what the current Greens stand for.