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Considering a minority government

A minority government hasn’t been tried under MMP, but perhaps it is time to seriously consider the option.

If the other parties call Winston Peters bluff, take him at his words on his bottom lines, it is unlikely either National or Labour+Greens will be able to form a majority coalition Government. 609 more words


Should MPs serve their whole terms?

I think that normally someone who stands for Parliament as an electorate MP or via a party list should be expected to serve the whole three year term. 1,095 more words


Collins happy with new portfolios

Judith Collins has been move to three new portfolios – Revenue, Energy and Resources, and Ethnic Communities. Some have described it as a demotion, but Collins says otherwise. 504 more words


Reshuffle reality

Some of the media and of course Labour and The Standard and The Daily Blog and Whale Oil have dissed Bill English’s ministerial reshuffle, but the reality is that it would have been unwise to make wholesale changes to a reasonably well functioning Government. 298 more words


Judith Collins' new challenges

There has been suggestions that Judith Collins has been demoted in the latest ministerial assignments.

She has lost Police and Corrections and been given Revenue, Energy and Resources, and Ethnic Communities. 762 more words


The year in the House

Parliament had it’s last sitting day yesterday. Leader of the House Gerry Brownlee put out a summary of the year (at least a summary of the more productive things done). 352 more words


Last day in Parliament

MPs had their last day in Parliament for the year today. There were a few shots fired across the house between the larger parties, but the Maori Party duet took a more entertaining approach.

The fun starts at 3:00