There are few “grown-up” moments between National and Labour in recent political history other than the 2021 bipartisan housing accord. But as political editor Jo Moir writes, it only took a whiff of a tightly contested election to unravel it.

Comment: Political parties love nothing more than to rain on their competition’s parade.

National backing out of the bipartisan housing accord policy on the morning of Chris Hipkins’ speech to the Labour congress is no better or worse than Grant Robertson releasing the details of a fiscal hole in National’s election policy on the morning of its campaign launch in 2020.

Politicians get a big kick out of spoiling each other’s best-laid plans, and rest assured when National holds its election-year party conference at the end of June, Labour will have been busy in the kitchen cooking up some of its own revenge pie.”

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