What are Labour and the Greens going to throw at National this year? Anger? “You make me very angry with your stupid policies Mr Blinglish" isn't going to work, especially if it’s bitter or righteous or out-of-control anger. Instead, how about shame, suggests Simon Wilson in the final part of his week-long look at Labour in 2017.
What on earth can the left learn from Donald Trump? Quite a lot, as it happens, as Simon Wilson explains in part five of his week-long analysis of Labour in 2017.
If the National Party gets its policy of “social investment” right it could stay in power for another generation. So what will Labour and the Greens do about it? Here’s part four of Simon Wilson’s analysis of Labour in 2017.
The identity politics debate has become cancerous for the centre-left. One Labour MP showed how to join the dots
Is identity politics destroying the Labour Party or is that just the catchcry of a bunch of old white guys trying to get their own way again? Is Labour really a broad church party? Here’s the third part of Simon Wilson’s analysis of Labour in 2017.
If Andrew Little hopes to lead the centre-left to victory in the election later this year, he’s got a lot of work to do. In the second of a six-part series, Simon Wilson sets out the task.
Does Andrew Little stand a chance of leading a centre-left government into Christmas 2017? Ahead of Labour's caucus retreat this weekend, Simon Wilson has been pondering their task
New Auckland mayor Phil Goff wants everyone to know he’s in charge. He’s been laying down the law for council officers, getting offside with some of the councillors, turning himself into the star of his own show. But someone had to sort this shit. This week, as the new mayor and his council meet for the last time this year, Simon Wilson looks at what Goff and Co are getting right and what they’re screwing up.
Leonie Freeman has a simple plan to solve the housing crisis. Will she be allowed to put it into action?
Fixing the housing crisis in Auckland is simple, according to Leonie Freeman. She knows how to do it. But, asks Simon Wilson, will anyone let her?
National list MP and Mt Roskill candidate Parmjeet Parmar wins Simon Wilson's award for the most emotionally unintelligent politician of 2016 as he weighs up the contest in the byelection phoney war.
Why is everyone hating on the Council’s latest attempt to sell Auckland to the world? Actually, is it everyone, asks Simon Wilson – or just the Herald and the other usual cynics?