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So Simon Bridges thinks that they are the worst attack on democratic rights we have ever seen. The public understanding of election outcomes remains dominated by a misunderstood account of the old electoral system which was not based on proportional representation.
A dislike of capitalism is something that unites the partners in the new government. One commentator said confidently that the party with the most votes should form the government.
In contrast, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters is older than any other member of the two cabinets.
Changes to parliamentary procedure that Simon Bridges helped craft and then explicitly championed while in Government now appear to be bad for National in opposition. Over the next three years we will find out and whether our lives can be better.
(The papers are actually held in the National Library.) Later he apologised, Each December, six months after the budget, the Treasury reports on the state of the economy and the government accounts.
Hearing the use of the Maori language on mainstream media during Maori Language Week provoked Don Brash to again demand that we be "one people" united in our Britishness. But is the tide of history leading to a more diverse society and is Maori language and culture becoming part of all of our lives? In his (in)famous Orewa Rotary speech he argued that there was too much Maori "privilege" and everyone should be treated equally.
Jim Anderton's final victory comes in the words of tribute from the leaders of the party that once famously "left" him and the sincerity with which they have claimed him as one of their own; a face once more on the Labour totem pole.
Through much of the 1990s while he was bitterly attacked by Labour leaders - Helen Clark included - such tributes were impossible to imagine.
It is a time of rune-reading, navel-scrutinizing and Winstonology.
A time when little is said and those few words that escape are picked over with elaborate pontification and freighted with meaning they are too slender to bear.