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Not looking ?good for Trump, Macron or May

Opinion Piece

A hectic and sensational week in the news cycle ended on a sad note with the body of missing British backpacker Grace Millane found and a man to be charged with murder.

For a young woman to meet her death while on holiday in New Zealand, which is generally regarded as a safe place to visit, is tragic and really overshadows any political dramas — of which there were many during last week.

US politics were frantic in ways that were generally not flattering to President Donald Trump.

It started with the funeral of George Bush senior and constant references to a kinder, gentler America pointedly aimed at Trump. Actually, the elder Bush could be acerbic at times and was voted out of office in favour of Bill Clinton.

There was another resignation in the Trump team with chief of staff John Kelly leaving and one possible replacement turning the job down.

But the real headache would be a memo released by Trump’s relentless pursuer Robert Mueller detailing links between the president’s former lawyer Michael Cohen and Russian nationals trying to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Mueller has not yet made the final link to Trump and the Russians but he seems to be getting closer. Meanwhile federal prosecutors called for a substantial jail term for Cohen.

New Zealand politics had their moment of drama after Opposition leader Simon Bridges and most of his colleagues walked out of Parliament after a ruling from Speaker Trevor Mallard.

That was nothing however compared to France, where Paris actually burned as violent protests against a proposed fuel tax saw President Emmanuel Macron forced into a volte-face cancelling the tax.

Pressure is growing on embattled UK Prime Minister Theresa May, with key debates on Brexit ahead of her this week and every possibility her proposed deal will be defeated.

It was really some week, but fortunately there is still room for us to record the fantastic series cricket win by New Zealand’s Black Caps over Pakistan, their first in 49 years. It’s nice to end on a bright note.