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Understanding the resurgence of English national identity

On 14 December Michael Kenny, Professor of Politics at Queen Mary, spoke at a Unit seminar on English nationhood and the current debate around the English Question in British politics. 925 more words


Norman and Little versus Key on income inequality

In the last clash of the leaders of the year in Question Time both Russel Norman and Andrew Little quizzed John Key on the OECD report on income inequality. 2,243 more words

John Key

James Shaw ends with an eloquent challenge

James Shaw is rated as one of the best prospects in a new intake into Parliament this year. He happens to be a Green MP but it’s important to look at his capabilities and potential to contribute in a wider context. 1,567 more words


How not to end your year

David Parker hasn’t had a good year.

The Labour policies he contributed significantly to helped lose Labour the election. He then contested and lost the Labour leadership, and looked like that whacked him hard. 77 more words

David Parker

Winston waning

Winston Peters led NZ First to a creditable election result, but there seems to be little sign of significant achievement beyond that.

Peters kept pressure on Government parties last term but didn’t score any notable hits. 928 more words

Winston Peters

Phil Twyford - sexist action?

In Question time in Parliament today Labour MP Phil Twyford got catty when questioning Paula Bennett, as reported in Beehive Live.

Hamish Rutherford@oneforthedr
Phil Twyford mimics cat swiping at Paula Bennett.

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Colin James - the Green factor

Colin James looks at Greens post-election (surprisingly without mentioning Russel Norman oir Metiria Turei):

Then there is the Green factor
And, for Labour to be competitive in 2017, it needs to re-forge a working relationship with the Greens so that there is a visible alternative government. 444 more words