Stuart Nash

Rohan Lord's decision to bail on Labour is perhaps representative of the rise of a political class who aren't prepared to import kumara to earn a seat, but rather take the L'Oreal approach to politics

My, how politics has changed. As with so much of the New Zealand lifestyle it has been streamlined, professionalised and become a much more risk-averse environment in recent years.

Stuart Nash is trying to make political hay out of Nikolas Delegat's crime and punishment. The problem is, in doing so he's calling for the undermining of New Zealand's constitutional arrangements. That's ... not a good thing.

On occasion, I've had cause to issue some stern words to Police Minister Judith Collins about her apparent meddling in Police issues that are none of her business.

Judith Collins let us know what she thinks about how the Police currently enforce speed restrictions on our roads. Not only did she actually get this wrong, but she probably shouldn't be telling us anyway.

Via RNZ comes a story about Police Minister Judith Collins taking issue in the House with the Police issuing speeding tickets to people who are breaking the speed limit.

Of six by-elections since 2008, only one, Mt Albert, looks anything like Christchurch East in the scale of the Labour result. 

It's no coincidence those two seats had similar results: They were planned and run on the same organisational template. None of the other by-elections were.

When you look at election campaigns, you can always tell the difference between the old pros and the amateurs. The amateurs usually talk about  messaging strategy and images. The pros pay most attention to the nuts and bolts: How many people were working in the campaign? How many signs did they put up? How much paper did they deliver?