Bill English

It would be an extraordinary achievement for Bill English to return to a senior ministerial role in 2020. (Photo: Jerry Yelich-O'Connor)

National’s old guard on borrowed time

Fri 15 Dec 8

Opinion: If National’s has-beens won’t drink hemlock, the caucus will need to opt for the firing squad.

EY's David Snell: “I don’t see anything in these documents that would force me to lift that figure further. I would love to see it but the dots don’t quite join up for me.”

Treasury’s upbeat productivity pickup challenged

Thu 14 Dec

In the half-yearly economic and fiscal update (HYEFU), productivity was picked to increase to 1.1% over the forecast period.

Judith Collins is the great Lazarus of New Zealand politics. (Photo: Jerry Yelich-O'Connor)

On-the-job training from both sides of the political divide

Thu 14 Dec 4

Opinion: Bill English isn't a natural fit for opposition leader, while Labour's MPs are learning what it takes to govern as they go.

The result of a rise in toxic political tribalism is politics playing out as tantrums.

The perils of 'tantrum politics'

Thu 30 Nov 5

Opinion: New Zealand's main parties have a responsibility to avoid fuelling a bitter hyper-partisanship happening in the rest of the world.

Finance Minister Grant Robertson says acting Reserve Bank governor Grant Spencer will be “well aware we have a number of measures to crack down on speculation and increase supply.” (Photo: Jerry Yelich-O'Connor)

Lending restrictions won't be needed soon, finance minister says

Tue 28 Nov 34

National finance spokesman Steven Joyce says it's his understanding it’s the central bank’s intention to outline changes to the LVR settings tomorrow.

Opposition leader Bill English says who's going to better off, and how, is the question.

Financial incentive for beneficiaries to sign up for free tertiary education – English

Fri 24 Nov 5

National's job is to hold the government to account for what its higher spending delivers, says Opposition leader Bill English.  

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