There is some competition as to who can be seen to be extending the most heartfelt calls for emotional and financial support to the farmers during this time of trial.
Occasionally, political parties paint themselves in their true colours, almost by accident.
Politicisation of state-gathered and state-managed information should be a concern to everyone.
A farewell to welfare faring well.
Too bad that poverty can bring out the worst in people. Especially at times, among politicians…
One of the myths of the conservative right is that poverty is primarily a state of mind, and that welfare only corrodes the mindset necessary for people to pull themselves out of poverty.
As Chairman-at-large of the National Committee for Ideas that Sounded Good at the Time, I get asked a lot about this social investment strategy lark.
Last week’s conflict between Social Development Minister Anne Tolley and District Court judge Carolyn Henwood illustrated quite a few of the flaws in the system.
Long before the earthquake hit, the dodginess of the government tax cuts programnme was evident in the language of its packaging.
Why Britain’s new Tory PM is talking about inequality
The politics behind the government’s welfare reform process