Having failed all year at being a credible alternative Prime Minister, National leader Simon Bridges has lowered his aspirational target this week to something more within his range.
The “left wing bias” accusation dates back at least to the mid 1990s… The charge was ridiculous then, and is ridiculous now.
The focus of Labour’s alleged sexual assault scandal has now shifted from the party organisation to the Beehive.
In the wake of the Port Arthur massacre, Tim Fischer chose not to pander to his own party’s worst short term instincts…
No doubt the Police will carry out their investigation of the Treasury Budget hack with more courtesy and nuance than their pursuit of the Dirty Politicssource.
With the wisdom of hindsight, the Labour/Greens combo never did have the numbers to get a meaningful capital gains tax (CGT) across the line…
Very positive messages have come from National Party politicians (past and present) about the desirability of increasing China’s trade and investment relationships with New Zealand
Simon Bridges has unveiled a heavenly vision of a “Not Tax But Still Spend” government.
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.
Surely, the public would not be left in the dark forever about the identity of the person who had tried to make political capital out of this privileged information? Unfortunately, yes.
The willingness of the Police to play Russian roulette with public safety via its current policy on pursuits continues to end in carnage
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.
In 2017, bogeymen of all shapes and sizes seem to have fallen on hard times.
Occasionally, political parties paint themselves in their true colours, almost by accident.
How the backroom strategists might be concocting National’s battle plan…
As NZ has woken from its nine-year slumber to confront National’s dire legacy of social and economic neglect, the changes are going to be extensive.
PPPs are Steven Joyce’s new imaginary friend…
A National Party Spin Doctor Writes
Three more years of business as usual is the real risk.
This week, National leader Bill English is claiming that farmers could face a $50,000 cost increase from Labour’s water tax plans. Another phantom fear.
This myth of conservative competence is as widespread as it is unearned
Hard to treat the Greens’ belated decision to stand a candidate in Ohariu as being anything other than a desperation move
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.
The saga of Keith Holyoake and Kinloch
MMP has flaws, but the alternatives to the current voting system are much worse