Shane Jones is one of Parliament's characters. He throws one of the biggest parties on the political calendar each year around Waitangi and people from across the House scramble for an invitation.

His hospitality, humour, loquaciousness and sheer originality have earned him significant reservoir of goodwill.

But that goodwill is seeping away since he has returned to Parliament as a New Zealand First minister – and not just from the Opposition.

It is his own colleagues in Government who sigh when the Jones name is mentioned these days. He spells trouble, often in double-doses, and he has become a headache

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