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John Armstrong: Shadow lingers on National
John Armstrong: Shadow lingers on National

The rotten smell of the contents of Nicky Hager's book Dirty Politics will linger around the Government this term, writes…

John Armstrong: John Key drops clue on real agenda

John Key's speech today outlining the National Government’s legislative and policy programme was unusually non-contentious…

John Armstrong: Here's dinky Dave and Stoner Phil

It was not so much the strange case of the man of the cloth as the odd cut of the man's cloth.

Claire Trevett: English's plan to save the children: scrap RMA

The Prime Minister might get to choose who sits where in the Cabinet and on his front bench, but it seems National's caucus…

Claire Trevett: Bottled-up venom leaking into leadership battle
Claire Trevett: Bottled-up venom leaking into leadership battle

Labour's happy but ineffective Vote Positive slogan is past its expiry date and appears to have been replaced by "Vote Passive-Aggressive"…

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
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
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.

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

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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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 did they get?

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 out and grabs your attention.

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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 and the lack of attention to their policies.

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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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