The intolerance being shown for coalition disagreements betrays our depressing appetite for a tidily totalitarian style of government where everyone is expected to march in lockstep.
If Jacinda Ardern is the mother of the nation, Winston Peters is rapidly turning into its kindly old uncle…
The weekend’s National Party conference felt like one of those Sunday nights on RNZ, when everyone can forget about all the modern stuff and tune back into the way we were.
Essentially, English ran a great FPP campaign last year, and if the political system hadn’t changed 25 years ago you’d count that performance as a success…
There’s a ritual to leadership changes after an election loss, and the National Party is dutifully following the script.
How the backroom strategists might be concocting National’s battle plan…
From here on, his power will diminish…
Wondering why you don’t have a new government yet? Let me fill you the f**k in.
A government led by Bill English and Winston Peters would be a more conservative one – particularly on social issues – than any during the Key years.
Bringing Order to the Election Result
So far, Labour’s tax plans have been treated like an incoming hurricane in the Caribbean – how big will it be, what path it take through the economy, how much damage will it do?
National has just endorsed Act leader David Seymour in Epsom, it being that time on the electoral calendar for the ceremonial anointing to take place once again.
Traditionally Peters and his party are good finishers in election campaigns and yet this year they’re already enjoying a strong 11% showing.
Since Shane Jones has never really existed, the media felt it necessary to invent him.
An interview with the Greens new co-leader, James Shaw
Are voters being encouraged to read into Colin Craig whatever image they would like to see?