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John Armstrong: Leadership election rules full of pitfalls
John Armstrong: Leadership election rules full of pitfalls

To point out the potential pitfalls in Labour's new method of changing and choosing its leader was to incur the usual wrath…

John Armstrong: It's time for Labour to call a halt to all this madness

David Cunliffe may still be Labour's leader by name. But for all intents and purposes his tenure at the party's helm is…

John Armstrong: Moment of 'struth' sees Dotcom bubble burst

Hell hath no fury like a voter who feels he or she has been treated like a fool.

Fran O'Sullivan: Key wins - now let's focus on real issues

John Key goes into the home straight of the election campaign with his integrity publicly intact after the Kim Dotcom fiasco…

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John Armstrong: Labour's shop of horrors John Armstrong: Labour's shop of horrors

Is brand "Labour" depreciating so rapidly in electoral…

John Armstrong: Labour's morning of absolute mayhem John Armstrong: Labour's morning of absolute mayhem

An extraordinary morning in the Labour Party's wing…

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In Epsom, always time for a cuppa
In Epsom, always time for a cuppa

Conservatives Colin Craig and Christine Rankin headed out on the campaign trail in Newmarket yesterday - so what reaction…

John Armstrong: Key soothes voters with status quo
John Armstrong: Key soothes voters with status quo

National is not short of policy. Just look at the party's website, writes John Armstrong. But there is little that leaps…

Claire Trevett: Schoolyard one-upmanship at expense of detail
Claire Trevett: Schoolyard one-upmanship at expense of detail

For the past month, National leader John Key and Labour leader David Cunliffe have bemoaned the focus on Dirty Politics…

Brian Fallow: Housing costs back under spotlight
Brian Fallow: Housing costs back under spotlight

The Productivity Commission has been sent back into the minefield of housing costs.

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John Armstrong: Greens need to compromise to get ahead

John Armstrong: Greens need to compromise to get ahead

The Greens face an old dilemma: remain pure but powerless. Or go centrist and compromise and get things done, writes John Armstrong.

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John Armstrong: Conservatives can expect hard time

John Armstrong: Conservatives can expect hard time

If Colin Craig thinks it's been a struggle getting his Conservative Party close enough in the polls to clear the 5 per cent threshold on election day then he hasn't seen anything yet.

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Claire Trevett: Winston woos with one-liners

Claire Trevett: Winston woos with one-liners

Winston Peters harks back to a New Zealand of the 1950s and 1960s when everybody had a job and immigrants didn't take them. "We're not anti-immigration up here," he says. "Crikey! I'm half Scots."

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Brian Rudman: Dotcom's been pipped ... but it's politics as usual

Brian Rudman: Dotcom's been pipped ... but it's politics as usual

Spare a thought for German money-bags Kim Dotcom. He's spending more than $3 million to buy himself into the general election.

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John Armstrong: The trouble with showing too much of your bottom line

John Armstrong: The trouble with showing too much of your bottom line

Confused? Who wouldn't be? It is difficult enough getting to grips with the new forms of inquiry laid out in last year's Inquiries Act without the politicians complicating things even more.

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Claire Trevett: Nothing as good as a baddy in an election duel

Claire Trevett: Nothing as good as a baddy in an election duel

Like any decent Western there are goodies and baddies running through the set of this election campaign.

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Claire Trevett: Parting shots in the House

Claire Trevett: Parting shots in the House

MPs have headed off on the campaign trail with one last blast at their rivals.

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John Armstrong: Even the enemies are voters

John Armstrong: Even the enemies are voters

It seemed just a slip of the tongue. Or was it, asks John Armstrong. Nick Smith surely meant to talk of "co-operation", not "collaboration", in Parliament yesterday.

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Audrey Young: Policies and people all part of campaign

Audrey Young: Policies and people all part of campaign

Anything could happen between now and the election in eight weeks. That's what makes election campaigns so exciting.

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John Armstrong: The 'gotcha politics' disease is afflicting all

John Armstrong: The 'gotcha politics' disease is afflicting all

It sure ain't pretty. It sure ain't enlightening. It is most definitely insidious. It is a creeping cancer of the New Zealand body politic, writes John Armstrong.

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