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Black Friday For The Maori Party - Is A Split Inevitable?

Black Friday For The Maori Party - Is A Split Inevitable?

Today has been a very Black Friday for the Maori Party. It has issued an ultimatum to Hone Harawira - either resign from the party caucus or be expelled.

And They Tore Down The Berlin Wall - Part I

And They Tore Down The Berlin Wall - Part I

This week in 1989 was one of the most historic in recent times. In Berlin, a city divided after the Allied victory over Nazi Germany in 1945, the wall came tumbling down. And that made it both a good and a bad time to be a socialist.

The Week That Was: John Key Basks In Sunshine After One Year

The Week That Was: John Key Basks In Sunshine After One Year

John Key is basking in political sunshine after one year in office. This is despite all the odds that would otherwise be stacked against a National Government and especially one led by a declared millionaire.

Justice Shields A Famous Muso Convicted Of Indecency - What A Let Down!

Justice Shields A Famous Muso Convicted Of Indecency - What A Let Down!

Once again the capitalist justice system has served the interests of a well known, white, middle-class celebrity - this time of a musician convicted of committing indecent acts against two young women.

Hone Harawira Skates On Very Thin Ice

Hone Harawira Skates On Very Thin Ice

Hone Harawira is skating on very thin ice. He is in this predicament after revelations that he went sightseeing in Paris while on a parliamentary visit to Europe, and then sent an expletive ridden email to defend it.

Rodney Hide In Danger Of Following Winston Peters

Rodney Hide In Danger Of Following Winston Peters

The Perkbuster General just can't get enough! If the UK, mainland America and Canada weren't enough for Rodney Hide and his partner Louise Crome, they just had to go to Hawaii - and largely (again) at the taxpayer's expense!

Big Brother Will Be Watching You - The Search And Surveillance Bill

Big Brother Will Be Watching You - The Search And Surveillance Bill

Recently, the National Government decided to take up the previous Labour administration's Search and Surveillance Bill. This bill would effectively make George Orwell's 'Big Brother' character blush.

Hooray For The End Of The Foreshore And Seabed Act - But At What Price?

Hooray for the looming end of the Foreshore and Seabed Act 2004! But at what price has this been achieved when the Maori Party have effectively struck a bargain with National?

The Week That Was: The Perkbuster General Gets Busted - And Is Bill English Doing A PR Job?

The Week That Was: The Perkbuster General Gets Busted - And Is Bill English Doing A PR Job?

For a political blogger like me, last week presented a feast of topics to comment upon and who can go past just two - the busting of the 'Perkbuster General' Rodney Hide and Bill English's little public relations coup on TVNZ's flagship news channel.

The Life Of Brian - And His Cult

The Life Of Brian - And His Cult

Last week I was just thinking to myself that we hadn't heard about Bishop Brian Tamaki and the Destiny Church for a while.