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
Summer reissue: The political elites foisted a new system on ordinary Brits. Little wonder they’re grabbing it back
In June, Britain voted to leave the European union. The Brexit decision was entirely understandable, wrote former NZ prime minister Sir Geoffrey Palmer. Across western democracies, some sense of democratic renewal is needed to avoid alienation
Who was PM Key? A lovably uncool dad on the breakfast TV couch? A proudly vicious parliamentarian? A political genius with an uncanny knack for understanding voters? Or a cautious conservative who avoided the real issues? Danyl Mclauchlan picks apart the man who, even when he lost, just kept on winning.
Summer reissue: John Key suggested we Google TradeMe for homes under $500,000. So we did, and here they are
Early in June the then prime minister told reporters there were plenty of (relatively) affordable Auckland homes on TradeMe. Madeleine Chapman searched the site to see if he was right.
It was a different, more innocent time, when a sex toy thwacking into a senior minister's head made global headlines. Relive Steven Joyce's great day in Calum Henderson's frame-by-frame analysis of the 2016 Waitangi Dildo Incident.
The Spinoff’s hand-picked gallery of sagacious politics watchers cast their minds forward to next year, and gaze foolhardily into their crystal balls We asked: What are the issues upon which 2017 …
Our glittering garland of experts assess the performance of the political parties, the economy, the media and more – and attempt to sum up 2016 in a single sentence