Today in Politics: Friday, February 28

Last updated 05:00 28/02/2014

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Parliament considers call to pardon men convicted before homosexual law reformed Analysis: The scale of the Security Council - It does more than you think John Key wrote to ethnic communities worried about their security Little's chief of staff to head new Labour office in Auckland Stacey Kirk: Long knives being sharpened, but can Helen Clark stay clear of the blades? How Steven Adams would look as prime minister Easter Sunday trading unlikely to gain support Nick Leggett's $27m plan to put decision-making in the hands of capital communities New poll shows more support for medicinal cannabis law reform in New Zealand Prime Minister John Key makes 'historic' visit to Dunstan High School

What's good enough for the Pope is good enough for me

The Young Nats marked John Key's visit to Canterbury University yesterday by offering a $100 voucher to whoever took the best ''selfie''  with the prime minister. Mr Key laughed off the competition as a bit of harmless fun and said it seemed like a nice way to get more people to sign up with the Young Nats. ''If the Pope's good for a selfie, so am I.''

Statements from Whyte, Craig offside with Key

Mr Key's patience with his potential allies is wearing thin after the latest burst of wackiness, this time from new ACT leader Jamie Whyte. Dr Whyte suggested the state should butt out of cases of incest between consenting adults.  This follows similarly unfathomable statements by Conservative Party leader Colin Craig on chem trails and the moon landing.  ''I  think it's pretty silly, actually,'' Mr Key said. ''There's no place for incest, it's a ridiculous kind of statement.''

Ministry's touchee subject raises laughter with sector

The Education Ministry's new way of sorting the sheep from the goats when it comes to charter planning and reporting has provoked much hilarity in the sector. It breaks schools down into ''no touch'', ''light touch'' and ''firm touch'' institutions. That prompted Whangarei principal Pat Newman to ask in an email where the touching would happen, who would do it, and ''what legal recourse will a touchee have if the touching doesn't come up to expectations''.

Political video modelled on The Office a YouTube hit

A State Services Commission video explaining political neutrality to public servants clocked up more than 5000 hits on YouTube the day after its release, a spokeswoman says.  The video, a spoof of the hit TV show ifThe Officenf, attracted positive and negative attention on social media after it was released in conjunction with written guidelines for state servants on their obligations for impartiality in an election year.

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