There is a single biggest loser from Laila Harre's appointment to lead the Internet Party... and it's not the Greens

A quick post to say something that's been buzzing around my head since last night and which has been mentioned on the thread of my previous post -- with Laila Harre taking over the Internet Party the Maori seats have become more pivotal at this election.

So Laila Harre is back in politics via the most unlikely of vehicles -- the Internet Party. The question is why, why, why has she done it

Laila Harre's decision to lead the Internet Party is the most curious part of a most curious affair, yet at very least shows a determination by the left to get the best bang for their buck at this election.

So what's 2013 been all about and where does it leave us? Here's my take... and Christmas wishes

Is that all there is, Peggy Lee once asked. Is that 2013 finally done and dusted? Phew. Although I'm not sure if anyone in the political world feels like dancing quite yet – the year has ended in a left-right stalemate that leaves everything to play for next year.

Inspired by the rash of speculation this week, I figured it's time I gave people a chance to make fun of me a year or two from now by giving my take on where we stand ahead of next year's election

It seems that 'The Game of Thrones: 2014 New Zealand Edition' is the game of the week. Everyone in my line of business seems to have a view on who will be forging alliances with whom and who will be chopped down to size over the next 15 months. And far be it from me not to join in.

Mana and the Maori party must now co-operate or perish. All parties, including Labour should be worried about the low turnout - where's the mood for change? National is losing coalition partners at an alarming rate. But the big question - will the Maori Party survive? Does it deserve to?

Labour's win in the Ikaroa-Rawhiti by-election was big enough. 

Over the last three elections there has been a stable non-Labour vote in the electorate of around 50 per cent. The first job for any challenger was to collapse all the other candidates' support and set up a two horse race.  Labour cruised home because those opponents failed.