The Winston Peters superannuation affair has put National's 'no surprises' rules for government ministries and departments in the spotlight. Good, says Ben Thomas: everyone should know just how rotten the policy has become.
Dismayed by the press gallery's failure to interrogate the prime minister's epistemological framework in the Todd Barclay scandal? Undismay yourself: New Zealand's leading craft beer enthusiast and philosopher king Ben Thomas is here.
After a year of taking heavy shots from the opposition, National responded with a 1-2 of their own with today's budget announcements, writes Ben Thomas.
Labour candidate Rohan Lord announced yesterday that he was withdrawing from the East Coast Bays race, blaming his low placing on the party list and the barrier to progress which is being a white middle class man. So much for party loyalty, writes Ben Thomas.
From Don Brash to Helen Clark to the latest media spiel, the ‘debate’ is one of the great bogeymen of NZ politics. And it needs to get in the sea, writes Ben Thomas
Just like his spaghetti pizza, Bill English has served up another predictable-but-surprising cabinet reshuffle, writes Ben Thomas.
Pushing the retirement age to 67 by 2040 reshapes the debate in election year. The boomers will be happy, but what about the rest of us? Ben Thomas writes
Ben Thomas clasps his silver ticket and braves the Washington throngs to watch the inauguration, those watching it, and the squirrels. Complete with data analysis via Grindr.
Just how great was the incoming president's Make American Great Again concert? Let's cross to Ben Thomas in Washington DC, and pray for him.