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Claire Trevett: The year of apologies that keeps on giving
Claire Trevett: The year of apologies that keeps on giving

It was a year of sorrows. It was a sorry excuse of a year. It was also a year of sorries. As of yesterday, they were still…

Audrey Young: Former enemy crucial to Labour's resurrection

Matt McCarten, the former enemy, is now seen as a calm and pragmatic influence in Labour who could play a crucial role in…

Claire Trevett: Inquisitors make their mark on new minister

It is a time-honoured tactic for the Opposition. Identify the weakest link on the other side and target them remorselessly…

John Armstrong: PM's proactive stance on Dirty Politics blogger

John Key now describes his relationship with Cameron Slater as "not a proactive one" - an empty, but very useful phrase…

John Armstrong: Outrageous behaviour leaves Key on the edge
John Armstrong: Outrageous behaviour leaves Key on the edge

This past week has surely been the most difficult and ultimately demeaning one in the otherwise stellar political career…

Claire Trevett: Canny Key times bouts of arrogance
Claire Trevett: Canny Key times bouts of arrogance

Claire Trevett asks, "What does it say that the very first time Cheryl Gwyn tests her powers of inquiry, John Key decides…

John Armstrong: Lack of apology leaves John Key defending the indefensible
John Armstrong: Lack of apology leaves John Key defending the indefensible

Political correspondent John Armstrong asks: what is so hard about offering an apology, Prime Minister?

Fran O'Sullivan: Warm connection signals exciting times to come
Fran O'Sullivan: Warm connection signals exciting times to come

Xi Jinping has gone out of his way to forge a strong personal relationship with John Key on his visit.

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John Armstrong: Softly-softly style backfires on state services chief

John Armstrong: Softly-softly style backfires on state services chief

The State Services Commission moves in mysterious ways, but none so perplexing as this week's weirdness surrounding the resignation of Roger Sutton as chief executive of the Canterbury Earthquake....

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Claire Trevett: Little's diplomatic skills set to be sorely tested

Claire Trevett: Little's diplomatic skills set to be sorely tested

After weeks of things moving slowly in Labour, things are now moving very quickly indeed.

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John Armstrong: New leader will not be soft target for National

John Armstrong: New leader will not be soft target for National

The words "future leader" have been the kiss of death for many a politician. Not so in Andrew Little's case, writes John Armstrong.

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Brian Rudman: Labour needs to look at back office

Brian Rudman: Labour needs to look at back office

Taking the party organisation by the scruff of the neck and giving it a good shake might be a good start to ensuring his longevity, writes Brian Rudman.

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Claire Trevett: Greens set example for small players

Claire Trevett: Greens set example for small players

Woe betide Green MP Steffan Browning, for who knew the Green Party could be quite so ruthless?

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John Armstrong: Key has reason to move cautiously

John Armstrong: Key has reason to move cautiously

The possibility of NZ soldiers taken prisoner and appearing in beheading videos does not bear thinking about, let alone electorally, writes John Armstrong.

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Claire Trevett: Chameleon Key a happy distraction for Labour

Claire Trevett: Chameleon Key a happy distraction for Labour

We are now halfway through the three-week marathon of what Labour likes to call hustings meetings for its leadership contestants but what Brian Edwards describes more colourfully as "cavorting....

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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.

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John Armstrong: John Key drops clue on real agenda

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, but offer hints of his real agenda.

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John Armstrong: Here's dinky Dave and Stoner Phil

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.

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