John Armstrong

Opinion: Joyce reveals cruel wit from formidable skills armoury

Opinion: Joyce reveals cruel wit from formidable skills armoury

What next, minister? New Zealand's Got Talent?

Opinion: Time for Dotcom to front up with allegations about Key

Opinion: Time for Dotcom to front up with allegations about Key

The time has come for Kim Dotcom to put up or shut up.

Opinion: Labour putting emphasis on face-to-face canvassing

Opinion: Labour putting emphasis on face-to-face canvassing

Let's get one thing straight: the Labour Party is not shutting journalists out of its conference in Wellington this weekend despite some media and bloggers breathlessly, but inaccurately, claiming it is.

Opinion: Alternative Budget both visionary and responsible

Opinion: Alternative Budget both visionary and responsible

Amid the energy-sapping and morale-draining bouts of bedlam afflicting the New Zealand Labour Party, one senior caucus figure gives every impression of being a veritable rock of calm and stability.

Opinion: Cunliffe heads off challenge with 'scab' insinuations

Opinion: Cunliffe heads off challenge with 'scab' insinuations

When it comes to casting aspersions, few insults are as venomous, vicious or more driven by utter contempt than accusing someone of being a ''scab''.

Craig the curly question in potential National alliances

Craig the curly question in potential National alliances

Words were very much Paul Goldsmith's forte before the former speechwriter, press secretary and biographer entered Parliament three years ago.

Opinion: Jockeying for poll position real story behind the news

Opinion: Jockeying for poll position real story behind the news

The downfall and disgrace of John Banks may have seemed the story of the week. But the Epsom MP was already history - ancient history, in fact.

Banks' guilty verdict will raise spectres to haunt him

Banks' guilty verdict will raise spectres to haunt him

John Banks can never escape his past, John Armstrong says.

Naked pragmatism behind Mana's alliance with Dotcom

Naked pragmatism behind Mana's alliance with Dotcom

Sue Bradford may not be everyone's favourite cup of tea.

Opinion: Labour starting to look as if it is ready to govern

Opinion: Labour starting to look as if it is ready to govern

It must surely be tempting fate to mention it, but there are definite signs Labour has finally emerged from its long bleak winter of dysfunction, despair and inertia.