My friend and former colleague Rob Salmond is one of the smartest guys I know. Hell, he even managed to get me to understand Bayesian inference!
He has recently left his last job at the Labour leader’s office and has setup his own consulting firm – Polity Analytics and Communications.
As well as a consulting firm, he’s also got a blog up and running. Take a read at polity.co.nz – I suggest you bookmark it, I certainly have.