It was always going to be hard to have a rational debate on cannabis reform. Far easier for politicians to win votes by stoking alarm.
One one front, the government has now done the right thing, and has partially restored the right of prisoners to vote
Clearly, the National Party hierarchy is very, very excited about Christopher Luxon
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…
Better Analogies for National Pilfering Budget Data
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.
The powers that individual DHBs are seeking look like a throwback to the early 1990s. Then, as now, the rationale was that this local “flexibility” was necessary.
If New Zealand’s relations with China are ‘deteriorating’ then you still need a microscope to detect the signs.
The Nelson fire has been a warning of things to come.
Simon Bridges has unveiled a heavenly vision of a “Not Tax But Still Spend” government.
Every year around about this time, National floats its own distinct vision of a different sort of Green Party…
’Tis the season of goodwill towards all humankind… except it would seem, towards the Speaker of Parliament.
Clearly, Jami-Lee Ross is not waging a normal form of political warfare, with agreed rules of combat and rational cost/benefit calculations.
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
These days, strike action is essentially a game of three dimensional chess, and the industrial stoppages coming our way in education are a case in point.
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.
On Thursday, Acting PM Winston Peters will be playing host to the nearest thing to his doppelganger in the Asia-Pacific region.
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.
Gun ownership in the US is a mystery to New Zealanders, and so is the constitutional fetish that surrounds it.
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.
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…
Key’s endorsement of English has turned this “contest” into a race for second place.