DHBs are under intense pressure to reduce deficits within a climate of chronic underfunding.
In the end, Mr Pragmatic calmly read the signs of impending defeat and went out on his own terms.
One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “ Now, what?”
A farewell to welfare faring well.
Evidently, the National government is similarly desperate for anything that might discredit or derail the Ardern juggernaut, even if that means throwing Peter Dunne under a bus.
So the political career of Metiria Turei is, in effect, now over. It goes to show the double standard in politics is alive and well.
Ever since George Washington confessed to chopping down the cherry tree, his example has been taken to heart by every politician following in his wake.
Early days yet, but the National Party seems to be having trouble in finding a credible line of attack on Jacinda Ardern.
Exploring the moral and legal aspects of assisted dying
A lot more than a change of leader is required, longer term. That will have to wait until next year, and beyond.