Vernon Small

Dotcom party lacks vital guest

Vernon Small

OPINION: D is for desperate and dateless and Dotcom.

Labour tweaks its relationships

Vernon Small

OPINION: Labour has shown a nuanced approach to the Greens and NZ First, but what will it mean after an election?

Minister caught with milk on her face

Judith Collins

OPINION: Justice Minister Judith Collins is one strike short of being out.

One more strike for Collins

Vernon Small

OPINION: Justice Minister Judith Collins is one strike short of being out.

Rejuvenation tough for Labour

Vernon Small

OPINION: In politics rejuvenation rates alongside succession planning. Both are easy catchcries and generally seen as "a good thing".

Minister of loud ties and safe hands

English, Sowry, Smith and Ryall

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Health Minister Tony Ryall politically anaesthetised a tricky portfolio for the Government, writes Vernon Small.

Appointment a 'game changer'

Vernon Small

OPINION: Matt McCarten's appointment as David Cunliffe's chief of staff was meant to be a moment of high theatre.

Earth to politicians, come in please

Vernon Small

OPINION: Is there something in the water in the last few weeks that is breeding the current outbreak of collective nuttiness?

Dotcom minefield has cornered a Green one

 Kim Dotcom speaking at an Intelligence and Security Committee hearing at Bowen House on July 3, 2013.

OPINION: With a single tweet the giant wrecking ball has morphed into a minor power broker.

Wildcard become joker

Vernon Small

OPINION: Dotcom once had potential to swing a tight election, but now the giant wrecking ball has morphed into a minor power broker.

Time to splash the cash

Labour leader David Cunliffe

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OPINION: Just before Christmas, all the Government's talk was of responsibly managing the economy and maintaining tight fiscal constraints.

Teacher carrot a surprise

A teacher writes on a blackboard

OPINION: John Key's education announcement is a cheeky foray into Labour's heartland.

The wrecking ball of change

Kim Dotcom

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OPINION: Underneath all the "Bright Futures" and "Jobs, Growth, Health" election sloganeering there are really only two bedrock campaign themes.

New-look government certain

John Key

OPINION: This time next year we will have a new government.

Banks takes only viable option

Act Party leader John Banks

OPINION: John Banks' decision to stand down at the next election has removed a weight from the shoulders of the party and the Government.

Art of doing two things at once

Shane Jones

In the fragmented world of MMP politics, the trick is to compete and cooperate at roughly the same time.

Political minnows scrap for survival

Peter Dunne

OPINION: They say politics follows the laws of nature, where the fittest survive and the biggest sharks feed on the small and the weak.

Cunliffe eyes rodents on offer

David Cunliffe

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OPINION: Will the man lampooned by the blog "Cats that look like David Cunliffe" swallow some dead rats?

Important choices for adored Labour leader

David Cunliffe

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OPINION: All leaders get a hero's welcome at their party conferences.

Bunfights now a lighter affair

Paula Bennett

OPINION: Political bunfights about electoral boundary changes are not what they were.

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