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Oravida affair rocks MP's confidence
Oravida affair rocks MP's confidence

The reluctance of her fellow National MPs to come to her aid no doubt in part reflects their annoyance that she was so silly…

Claire Trevett: Labour casts net for votes, heats pan for Collins

Labour and New Zealand First yesterday mounted a pincer movement against Justice and ACC Minister Judith Collins in Parliament…

Claire Trevett: Today the hangover sets in, but all that fun for $1.2m? Bargain!

For one short week, we were unapologetic pigs in muck - at first slightly appalled at ourselves before shelving the guilt…

John Armstrong: Crusher bares fangs as Peters fires barbs

You need poke a stick at a wounded animal through the bars of its cage for only so long before you get a reaction, writes…

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Worst time for Jones' resignation Worst time for Jones' resignation

Shane Jones' shock decision to quit as a Labour MP…

John Armstrong: Collins 'witch trial' a long shot for Labour John Armstrong: Collins 'witch trial' a long shot for Labour

The Prime Minister took the rather unusual step of…

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Brian Rudman: Scramble for civil unions as parties chase mates
Brian Rudman: Scramble for civil unions as parties chase mates

The pre-election fumblings behind the bikesheds as our increasingly twitchy politicians seek a mate for the next three years…

Brian Rudman: Quick snip and we're a republic
Brian Rudman: Quick snip and we're a republic

I would hazard a guess that John Key's gut feeling about our increased love of the monarchy is coloured by his grouse-shooting…

Claire Trevett: Election hunt is on as MPs chase own tails
Claire Trevett: Election hunt is on as MPs chase own tails

Claire Trevett asks: "Who is the mystery electorate MP Kim Dotcom has claimed will soon shed his or her political clothing…

Brian Rudman: Dotcom soap opera's latest season is best yet
Brian Rudman: Dotcom soap opera's latest season is best yet

Whether he is a virus, or a puckish imp, sent by the gods to mock those who would rule over us, Dotcom continues his uncanny…

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John Armstrong: Harawira has little to lose in vote share deal

John Armstrong: Harawira has little to lose in vote share deal

Hone Harawira should think carefully indeed before committing his fledgling Mana Party to any vote-sharing deal with Kim Dotcom's Internet outfit, writes John Armstrong.

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John Armstrong: Poll date an advantage - without upsetting voters

John Armstrong: Poll date an advantage - without upsetting voters

In setting September 20 as the date for the election, the PM has just managed to avoid looking like he is using his position to questionable advantage, writes John Armstrong.

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Claire Trevett: Cunliffe has a few things to learn

Claire Trevett: Cunliffe has a few things to learn

Labour leader David Cunliffe has joined the elite group to earn a PhD for proving the thesis that what is right in law is often wrong in politics, writes Claire Trevett.

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Audrey Young: Too many words and not enough Act

Audrey Young: Too many words and not enough Act

Tiny parties are rarely in the spotlight and rarely get the chance to set the news agenda. Whyte squandered his opportunity, writes Audrey Young.

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Brian Rudman: Good old days point way to Labour future

Brian Rudman: Good old days point way to Labour future

Mike Williams, quipped that Cunliffe's choice was either a stroke of brilliance or of lunacy, writes Brian Rudman. Certainly keeping the reins on McCarten is going to be a task for Cunliffe.

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John Armstrong: Ryall has done his time

John Armstrong: Ryall has done his time

Tony Ryall is and has always been the archetypal, solid-to-the-core National Party MP who believes that loyalty to one's party is paramount, writes John Armstrong.

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John Armstrong: McCarten - a fox in Labour's henhouse

John Armstrong: McCarten - a fox in Labour's henhouse

McCarten's campaign skills should help draw voters back to Labour in its metropolitan strongholds, writes John Armstrong.

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Claire Trevett: Challenge for Cunliffe not as simple as ABC

Claire Trevett: Challenge for Cunliffe not as simple as ABC

The appointment of Matt McCarten as Labour leader David Cunliffe's new chief of staff was the second back-to-the-future moment in politics of the past week.

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Claire Trevett: Litigious flurries have no place in robust debate

Claire Trevett: Litigious flurries have no place in robust debate

If there was ever a man determined to keep NZ Post in business, it is Colin Craig, writes Claire Trevett. So far he has had his lawyers send letters off to a satirical blogger, two media outlets, the Broadcasting Standards…

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John Armstrong: Labour avoids fallout in Taurima case

John Armstrong: Labour avoids fallout in Taurima case

David Cunliffe has probably done enough to avoid Labour suffering too much collateral damage from the Shane Taurima affair, writes John Armstrong.

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