John Armstrong

Perhaps by-election is payback time for Winston Peters

Perhaps by-election is payback time for Winston Peters

Victory for National by a very slim margin?

National's Northland charm offensive will be snubbed

National's Northland charm offensive will be snubbed

''New'' jobs which may or may not be fulltime jobs; ''new'' road bridges which are not a priority; ''new'' promises on the roll-out of broadband which are old promises.

Authority to set pay not beyond influence

Authority to set pay not beyond influence

Down the years, one taxpayer-funded government entity has stood out from the rest of the Wellington-spawned shoal of commissions, boards and agencies in being secretive, obstructive, publicity-averse and downright unhelpful.

Iraq decision: import beyond NZ-US ties

Iraq decision: import beyond NZ-US ties

It took some carefully chosen words by a former high-ranking diplomat to cut through the self-serving verbiage spouted by politicians and bring some clarity to the acrimonious debate on the merits or otherwise of New Zealand's latest excursion to the Middle East.

Coming to grips with Key facts in media silly season

Coming to grips with Key facts in media silly season

Put to one side reform of the RMA.

Housing reform Cabinet papers embarrassingly candid

Housing reform Cabinet papers embarrassingly candid

What if the Government toiled night and day for years to create a market for the right to house the poor and downtrodden, only for no-one to bother to turn up when it finally opened?Such a scenario might well be the stuff of nightmares for Bill English.

RMA report relied on by Smith not all it seems

RMA report relied on by Smith not all it seems

The new political year has barely got into first gear, but one senior politician who should know better has already tried to pull the wool over the public's eyes.

Voters showed what they care about this time around

Voters showed what they care about this time around

The voters are always right. Even when they are wrong, they are right. So observed Mike Moore after Labour suffered election defeat under his leadership in the early 1990s.

Bill damages what it seeks to protect

Bill damages what it seeks to protect

It was all rather shabby, shoddy and shameful.

We comply when the United States comes knocking

We comply when the United States comes knocking

Gerry Brownlee is one of National's most level-headed, collected, unflappable and even-tempered Cabinet ministers.