Today in politics: Thursday, 3 July

Last updated 05:00 03/07/2014

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Sue Allen: Nicky Hager's PR victory Ann Beaglehole: What do John Key and Nicky Hager have in common? A fresh look at SAS claims is in the national interest Defence admits to possible civilian casualties in Afghan raid - but still says authors' book wrong Ella Lawton hopes to fulfil mother's dying wish to take her place on Otago Regional Council Chinese Premier Li rejects steel dumping claim, cites larger NZ dairy exports Bill English says SAS inquiry unlikely after Defence Force attacks Hit and Run 'inaccuracies' Damning Afghanistan war report criticises lack of planning for NZ deployment Defence Force chief slams 'major inaccuracies' in SAS Afghanistan allegations Dave Armstrong: Where was the caution at time of raid?

Horan channels old boss Peters

Independent MP Brendan Horan has launched a Save Our Seniors campaign, calling for fair incomes for pensioners funded by a 0.1 per cent financial transaction tax.

In what could have been an extract from his old boss Winston Peters' speech notes, he said what National was doing to seniors was inhumane. "Words cannot convey the deep sense of tragedy when 85-year olds are driven to commit suicide," Horan said. 

Candidate labours for McCully motive

Labour's Epsom candidate, Michael Wood, may be taking Foreign Minister Murray McCully's  ''McCulliavelli'' reputation a bit  far. The East Coast Bays MP may be at the cutting edge of any deal to allow Conservatives leader Colin Craig into the House via his seat.

As  the Malaysian diplomat crisis  rumbled on, Wood asked: ''Is he so Machiavellian that he would engineer his own demise in order to facilitate a deal with the Conservatives?'' Err no.

Night protest misses target

A wee shout-out to the elderly man who so wanted to get his message across that he picketed Parliament even when MPs were tucked up in their taxpayer-funded beds.

The man stood outside the House all night with a placard protesting about a China-related issue.When  our reporter went  to interview him yesterday he was gone. We understand he speaks little English but if he comes back we will try to find out what he feels so strongly about.

Keith gets No 2 spymaster post

Lawyer Ben Keith has been appointed deputy inspector-general of intelligence and security for a three-year term. Prime Minister John Key said it was the first appointment to the position, which was created by changes to the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1996, in September.

Keith was with  Crown Law, where he has been counsel for constitutional, human rights and international law.

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