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Mike Hosking: PM's call brave and honourable
Mike Hosking: PM's call brave and honourable

The enemy is no longer on a singular battlefield, the enemy is in every major town and city on the planet, writes Mike Hosking…

Claire Trevett: Key guarding high ground over Iraq 'crusade'

No sooner was the announcement made that New Zealand was heading to Iraq, the war of words broke out.

John Armstrong: John Key is not winning the debate

Herald political writer John Armstrong says the PM's decision to bypass the media when announcing his decision shows he…

John Armstrong: John Key's hair in Dye Hard 2 ... with a vengeance

Winston Peters continues his campaign to get to the roots of could be a real prime ministerial cover-up: that John Key dyes…

Claire Trevett: Little's political cup runs over
Claire Trevett: Little's political cup runs over

Andrew Little appears to have been blessed by the gods of timing, writes Claire Trevett. Hot on the tails of Mike Sabin's…

John Armstrong: Govt struggles to sell complex state house plan
John Armstrong: Govt struggles to sell complex state house plan

Try as it might, National has been unable to reframe this particular debate, writes John Armstrong. It's handicapped by…

John Armstrong: Little joy looms for Labour in byelection
John Armstrong: Little joy looms for Labour in byelection

Normally, a new leader of the Opposition would relish the chance to boost his or her profile and start making some real…

Claire Trevett: The great crusader comes up short
Claire Trevett: The great crusader comes up short

Gareth Morgan looked about as comfortable as the turkey before Christmas as he arrived at Ratana Pa yesterday, writes Claire…

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Fran O'Sullivan: Sloganeering offers little protection for our freedoms and values

'Je suis Aotearoa." It has a certain piquant charm and would get a great deal of public attention if it was chosen as the branding to unite New Zealanders of all hues, nationalities, races and....

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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 flowing.

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Audrey Young: Former enemy crucial to Labour's resurrection

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 its resurrection, writes Audrey Young.

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Claire Trevett: Inquisitors make their mark on new minister

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, writes Claire Trevett.

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

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, writes John Armstrong.

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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 of one John Phillip Key.

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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 to trust the version of his pet "blogster" over her own findings?"

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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?

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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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