A colourful, entertaining, and apparently Teflon-coated Deputy Prime Minister falls foul of a change in political culture.
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Terry Barnes: A disaster for the centre-right. Its last effective Anglosphere government falls in New Zealand
It has been dispatched by one man – New Zealand First’s party leader, Winston Peters, who has Labour’s inexperienced leader in his pocket.
A solid but unspectacular centre-right Prime Minister, with a good economic record, is trying to fight off a charismatic, high-spending challenge from the left.
Terry Barnes: May would have seen her snap election fiasco coming, if only she’d looked abroad to…Australia
A massive poll lead. Going early. A wooden leader. Mindless mantras. A despised opposition. And then collapse. The parallels are uncanny: why didn’t Crosby warn her?
Bill English, his successor, worked co-operatively with him and Wayne Eagleson. There’s a lesson here for Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill.
A lacklustre campaign, a complacent leader, and a ruthless opposition have not just clipped Malcolm Turnbull’s wings, but ripped them off.
Terry Barnes: Australia’s election is a tame affair compared to what’s happening in Britain right now
Malcolm Turnbull has run a “safety first” campaign – and is expected to win.
He will be treated more kindly by history than by his contemporaries or the opinion polls – having begun to repair a Budget destroyed by Labor profligacy.
The President is also de facto leader of much of the world, and the current Republican front runner presents a truly frightening prospect.
She’s gone – and, if has a shred of parliamentary integrity, Bercow must accept full responsibility for his choice.
The Australian Prime Minister survived a rebellion last night – but now his relationship with his colleagues is fundamentally altered.
Carole Mills is tangled up in a burqa ban – and a Select Committee report that it was misled about her knowledge of an Australian parliamentary controversy.
Terry Barnes: Carol Mills is a decent person who has been left by the Speaker in an impossible position
She is being hung out to dry by John Bercow’s determination both to get his own way and save his parliamentary skin.
Sometimes it takes a searing crisis for a political leader to reach beyond their political comfort zone.
If the Conservatives doesn’t win a majority in 2015, one of the reasons will be their 2011 decision to stick with First Past The Post.