UnitedFuture

John Key is claiming that the party with the most seats after the next election has a "moral mandate" to govern. Well, you would expect him to think that, wouldn't you?

It seems like I haven't been the only one to take the by-election result in Ikaroa-Rāwhiti as an open invite to speculate wildly on the possible outcome of a general election to be held in some 18 months.

Apparently UnitedFuture is no longer a party recognised for parliamentary purposes because doing so would cause too much trouble.

Let's begin with a confession. Last week I wrote a post in which I confidently stated:

The NZRFU's code of conduct requires that players "never argue with the referee.  Control your temper at all times." Peter Dunne could learn from it.

The saga of UnitedFuture's status as a party rolls on, with the most recent development being that the Electoral Commission has rejected its application to register.

It's that time again, when Peter Dunne goes prowling for enough votes to survive another term. Except this time he's thinking bigger. Could it be 2002 all over again for the Centrist Saviour?

Peter Dunne is having flashbacks. Yes, Peter Dunne. None of us pay him much mind, but with the Budget just days away, this is a big moment for him. And he seized the bull this week with a remarkably frank assessment of the political landscape.