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Given the already surreal shemozzle the likelihood of more embarrassments emerging should have had National feeling like a lamb to the slaughter.
John Armstrong writes: NZ First is marooned in a time bubble of the economic boom of the 1950s along with the suffocating social conformity of that era.
"Spectacularly unsuccessful" is John Key's verdict when asked about following Australia's foreign buyers policy. They are not really telling the whole story, says John Armstrong.
Labour leader Andrew Little is going to have to tread on a few toes to resuscitate the wider party, writes John Armstrong.
The surplus and its final size will not be known until October. But yesterday's figures effectively guarantee there will be one, writes John Armstrong.
Some MPs given the call to speak who try to be funny end up failing miserably. Brownlee never disappoints, writes John Armstrong.
Without Colin Craig as leader, the party is surely in dead-duck territory, writes John Armstrong.
You hum it; Nathan Guy will sing it. Frank Sinatra may have crooned about there being an awful lot of coffee in Brazil, John Armstrong writes.
Social impact bonds bear little resemblance to the kind of debt instruments you find in the finance market, writes John Armstrong.
Try as they might, Labour and NZ First failed to turn the Great Saudi Sheep Saga into the Great Saudi Sheep Scandal, writes John Roughan.
Labour is keen to paint Housing Minister Nick Smith as ever more desperate to find answers to Auckland's housing crisis, writes John Armstrong
The Budget was a rock of certainty and continuity in a sea of almost surreal politics played out most visibly and vividly by the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition, John Armstrong.
Thursday's Budget will be judged just as much by what is missing from the document as by what it actually contains.