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Opinion: John Key defends indefensible
Opinion: John Key defends 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

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

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…

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: National's response not good enough John Armstrong: National's response not good enough

The Key administration has plumbed new depths of arrogance…

John Armstrong: Little's big clean-out mops up the dregs John Armstrong: Little's big clean-out mops up the dregs

Not quite a Night of the Long Knives; more a Day of…

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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…

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…

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?

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…

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

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 has a far more anarchic pecking order - one based on speed and punctuality just once every three…

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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".

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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 from the usual quarters, writes John Armstrong.

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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 as good as over, writes John Armstrong.

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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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