Today in politics: Saturday, November 24

Last updated 05:00 24/11/2012

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ACT leader David Seymour says party can't afford any 'screw-ups' Ratings agency Moody's gives NZ economy highest possible rating Stacey Kirk: lessons applicable to life, as taught by John Key Alison Mau: I'm a republican, yet now, we need the Queen more than ever Oscar Kightley: My brother served in the army, I nearly served – but nobody signed up to kill civilians David Slack: Nothing says vomit like an Air New Zealand sickbag Rod Oram: New Zealand should be chasing a perfect chance The mind of the millennial: Are Kiwi youth ripe for revolution? Salvation Army and government lay foundations for Nelson emergency housing crisis Duncan Garner: Hit & Run is a smoking gun that proves a devious Defence cover-up

KEY GETS TOP OF CLASS

Prime Minister John Key, famous for his "Keyisms" – or linguistic twists – surprised everyone during his trip to Myanmar this week by getting the names of President Thein Sein and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi down pat. Even the usually polished Barack Obama struggled with the lingo; the American president repeatedly got Suu Kyi's name wrong, and also incorrectly addressed Thein Sein. Maybe it's only the Kiwi lingo that trips up our prime minister. 

DEEPER DIGGER LIKELY ON MINING FACT-FINDING TOUR

 

The Government will step up its push for more mining when Finance Minister Bill English heads to Queensland and Western Australia tomorrow. The trip is being labelled a fact-finding tour but with a delegation of business people on board the Government also looks to be touting for investors. With unemployment stuck at historic highs and tax revenue slumping, it’s no wonder it is pinning its hopes on mining giving it the Midas touch.

KOREAN WAR VETERANS TO ATTENDS COMMEMORATIONS

Up to 30 veterans will be funded by the government to attend the 60th anniversary commemorations of the Korean War Armistice next July, Veterans Affairs Minister Nathan Guy says.  New Zealand was one of the first countries to provide support for the Korean War (1950-53), with 4700 personnel serving in Kayforce and a further 1300 naval personnel also involved. In the seven years New Zealand was involved in the conflict 45 personnel lost their lives.

 

CONCERN EXPRESSED OVER MINISTER'S TURN OF PHRASE

Waiariki MP Te Ururoa Flavell has taken a swipe at Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce after he referred to a group as having ‘‘really gone off the reservation’’. Mr Flavell said the Maori Party had been fielding concerns about Mr Joyce’s use of the phrase, which was offensive to Native American tribes because of its origins in the late 1800s, when many tribes were forcibly relocated from their ancestral homes to ‘‘reserved‘‘ land.

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