The National Party essentially has “no mates” at the moment – a lack of obvious coalition partners, which contributed to its loss of power in 2017. Dr Bryce Edwards of Victoria University examines National’s potential coalition options for 2020.
With Parliament currently considering a "waka-jumping" law to prevent MPs from switching parties, Liam Hehir argues voters, not party leaders, should hold politicians accountable for any defections.
MMP got a bad rap over the last month's prevarications and brinksmanship.
In today's email we survey the post-election landscape presided over by Winston Peters, who is giving little away but nevertheless providing plenty to talk about.
In today's email we look past the speculation and rumours of 'utu' to dig into the details of coalition negotiating teams and what Winston's previous words can tell us.
Despite recent polls suggesting National could summon enough votes to govern alone, Prime Minister John Key has reiterated his belief they would be unlikely to achieve an outright majority in this year's election and would still need coalition partners, even those that National supporters may consider "wacky", such as Conservative Party leader Colin Craig.
East Coast Bays MP Murray McCully, who holds the electorate in which Conservative leader Colin Craig lives, says any suggestion he might campaign "half-heartedly" in order to deliver the seat he has held for over 25 years to Craig was "silly" and would not go down well with his constituents.
Members' bills on SuperGold cards and MMP reform were drawn from the ballot, the Fuel Levy amendment bill was introduced, the MPs' Remuneration bill was passed into law and the Pike River Health and Safety Bills passed into law.