’Tis the season of goodwill towards all humankind… except it would seem, towards the Speaker of Parliament.
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.
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…
So how is journalism faring in its role of (a) speaking truth to power, and (b) keeping its independent distance from those it seeks to monitor?
There’s a precedent for the fall of Mugabe…
Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them.
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.
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.
How relevant will Peters treat his own partry policy to his final decision?
Can National succeed in lying its way into a fourth term of office? Given its entirely fictitious claims of a $11.7 billion hole in Labour’s alternative budget, it won’t be for lack of trying.
Hard to treat the Greens’ belated decision to stand a candidate in Ohariu as being anything other than a desperation move
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?”
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.
To realistically hope to form a government, Labour needs to be punching around 30% at least, yet that figure looks like a truly distant hope.
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.
The most troubling thing about the current emphasis of government policy is that “success” seems to be judged entirely on whether people are being moved off benefits…
Cutting jobs on the scale being flagged at IRD doesn’t make much sense, given that tax law and IRD investigations are set to become increasingly complex…
Too bad that poverty can bring out the worst in people. Especially at times, among politicians…
Since Shane Jones has never really existed, the media felt it necessary to invent him.
New Zealand scores well on many international rankings of openness… those surveys have also pinpointed major weaknesses.
For many on the centre-left, populism is a dirty word, and shorthand for the politics of bigotry.
Leaving has been his finest gift to caucus, and to the nation. Would that it had been done sooner, but welcome that it be done at all.