Rosemary McLeod

Patting himself on the back

David Cunliffe

OPINION: I doubt very much that rapists and violent offenders will respond to Cunliffe's battle cry of "stop this bullshit!"

Wallowing in war memories

Dominion Museum

OPINION: A war museum sounds great - but do we really want to wallow in the memories of our military embarrassments and stuff-ups?

Really so heinous?

John Banks guilty

OPINION: Many people like John Banks don't buy the view that welfare would have been good for them.

Leave my tea alone

cup of tea

OPINION: Of all the nasty ways we've invented to avoid life's simple pleasures, the subverting of real tea, in trembling dread of caffeine, is among the least forgivable.

The worst of womankind

Kerry Buddle

OPINION: I reluctantly use the B word – it's unkind to female dogs – but at times I mutter it. Some women, defying all soppy stereotypes for our gender, can be shockers.

Bane of the ageing woman

beard

OPINION: Beards. They tell you soothing lies about being an ageing woman, but they give that one a swerve.

A turning of the tables

Silvio Berlusconi

OPINION: The dirty old man chasing a pretty young girl is a figure as old as men, but there's an update happening.

Twice in a week, Nats get it right

synthetic cannabis

OPINION: How fearless we are. We live on the sharp rim of doom and just whistle at it.

Report shows pedestrian errors

pedestrian crossing

OPINION: Wellington's greatest daredevils have finally been noticed.

Cannabis no boredom cure

marijuana

OPINION: Bored people are boring people, and vice versa, but especially when stoned. When stoned, people I've known have been as thrilling to hang out with as last year's newspaper.

Duchess spared brutal ordeal

Prince william Kate Middleton royals

OPINION: An image of the arrival of Catherine in front of a near-naked Maori man will keep caption contests going for weeks.

When even death is a drag

featherston

OPINION: Featherston makes you shake your head and wonder. How can a small town, population 2325, get to have such rotten people in it?

Real people never in Vogue

kardashian

OPINION: My on-again off-again relationship with Vogue was challenged again this week, but we really must accept that Anna Wintour, that skinny paragon of thin-lipped elegance, is never wrong.

Have parents gone mad?

discipline

OPINION: Was there ever a time when children were so readily labelled and so precious? Or have parents become slightly mad?

Mirror, mirror, on the wall

Rosemary McLeod

OPINION: For ages now I've noticed how the people I know are getting older, though I remain blessed with eternal youth.

Grand old days of innocence

Air New Zealand generic

OPINION: News that a West Coast school was in a flap over sex education made me nostalgic for the comforting imaginary past.

Haters ate Charlotte Dawson alive

Charlotte Dawson

OPINION: It's a hard fact to swallow, but swallow you must: some people won't like you. I mean, really really won't like you – and never will.

An awkward CYFS practice

Newborn baby

OPINION: In a world so hypersensitive about rights, the state's right to take a baby from its mother just hours after birth makes me uneasy.

For the love of siblings

Heart

OPINION: We're inclined to think that romantic love or the love of parent and child are the only forms of love worth celebrating.

Hoping Lorde doesn't unravel

Lorde

OPINION: Justin Bieber's antics make me nervous for Lorde, despite her apparent level-headedness.

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