The spending lavished on Defence projects to meet the risks that could maybe, possibly, theoretically face New Zealand in future is breath-taking.
Going as low as the Republicans have done will not only wildly expand the deficit, but require cutbacks to welfare provisions, and hiking taxes on middle America.
Occasionally, political parties paint themselves in their true colours, almost by accident.
Trump has welshed on the Manus deal to Australia… On the weekend, Turnbull humiliated Jacinda Ardern in turn, by once again rejecting New Zealand’s offer.
We’re now entering the Agatha Christie phase of coalition negotiations, given all the main characters have been summoned to the drawing room today by M. Hercule Peters.
Sometimes friends have to tell friends they’re acting crazy…
A recent MIT report suggests that the American public is far more tolerant of the mass killing of civilians than the media tend to assume.
As candidate and President alike, Trump has been a bad salesman for the policies he espouses.
If Martians visited early last week, they’d probably be scratching their heads as to why North Korea was being treated as a potential trigger for global conflict.
Emmanuel Macron’s “revolution” will complete its electoral phase with the final round of voting for the Assemblee Nationale.
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.
How useful a thing really is National’s programme of building 34,000 houses, as a solution to the crisis of housing affordability? Answer: not very.
When someone like Alfred Ngaro is being paid circa$350,000 a year (in salary and perks) you’d think he wouldn’t have to learn on the job about the basic moral rules of his role.
It would be nice to know (a) what the guy in Pyongyang is thinking about all this and (b) what an achievable strategy goal for the US might look like.
Finance Minister Steven Joyce has been persuaded to pony up an extra $10 million to keep the jobs of 26 safety officers in the Police commercial vehicle investigations unit
Should Edgecumbe residents who don’t have enough (or any) insurance still receive assistance from central government – or not?
Now that America has found its greatness again the traditional way – by bombing someone – the misgivings have set in.
A policy rollout about appearances rather than urgency, driven more by National’s political need to guard its flank than the country’s best interests. Is there a pattern here?
It’s about time we cut the crap about Jacinda Ardern being only a show pony.
Now Labour has got a Jacinda Arden – young, smart, compassionate, politically and media adept – what on earth does it do with her?
As the President continues trying to throw the immigrant-and-refugee baby out with the bathwater, there is increasing attention on the man behind the curtain.
The reality is that the President enjoys sweeping powers under the Immigration and Nationality Act
We got a less manicured and truer picture of Bill English at yesterday’s press conference