Secretly taping your political leader and threatening to release the contents in public is not a good way to win clemency, or gain support from your team
The striking thing about the issues that have political coverage over the past few months is the almost total lack of policy content to any of them.
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.
Voters on the centre-right of politics need to pray that Simon Bridges is not the only winner from the National leadership contest.
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.
Last weekend’s Cabinet shuffle of the same old names around a few different chairs didn’t tell us much.