Labour soaks up Town Hall rapture as Ardern goes nuclear on climate

The Town Hall campaign launch underlined the startling turnaround for the party under Jacinda Ardern, and the palpable power of momentum, writes Toby Manhire.

Communism by stealth: notes on conservatism, neoliberalism, social investment, and a UBI

Danyl McLauchlan writes an epic and extraordinary essay drawing threads from the past and present of political history and discourse and various books that, he says, 'might be peripherally relevant to the 2017 General Election but to be honest probably won’t be'.

Zinger-power-ranking the valedictory speeches

If it's your last speech in parliament, you might as well throw a little shade around, right? Sam Brooks reads the politicians' farewell addresses so you don't have to.

A showdown in Winton

Last night the Clutha Southland National Party selected Hamish Walker, a 32 year old business advisor from Balclutha, as the replacement for disgraced MP Todd Barclay. But if National think that will put to rest the questions swirling around their electorate operations in the Deep South they're dreaming, writes Peter Newport.