John Armstrong

Key promise to tackle poverty looks likely to be tested

Key promise to tackle poverty looks likely to be tested

Rust never sleeps. And neither, it seems, does John Key.

Labour's leadership tangle

Labour's leadership tangle

It is the bugger's muddle to beat all such muddles. It is hard to know where to start. Or hazard a guess when it will finish.

Blinkered Labour stocks the goods few still want to buy

Blinkered Labour stocks the goods few still want to buy

Is brand ''Labour'' depreciating so rapidly in electoral value that the party's long-term future is now in serious jeopardy?

Peters may offer National a more predictable option

Several months ago, a copy of a New Zealand First internal memo was leaked to The New Zealand Herald.

Cunliffe's freeze puts Labour's hopes on ice

Cunliffe's freeze puts Labour's hopes on ice

It could have all gone horribly wrong for John Key during the leaders' debate in Christchurch last Tuesday evening.

'Things that matter' give way to 'dirty politics' farrago

'Things that matter' give way to 'dirty politics' farrago

If - as the participants keep insisting - this election is really about ''the things that matter'', then the question of which of the two major parties has the economic agenda with the most foresight would be dominating the campaign.

Opinion: 'Dirty Politics' yet to derail National's campaign

Opinion: 'Dirty Politics' yet to derail National's campaign

One question - and one question only - lingers like flashing neon on a moonless night as the Nicky Hager-instigated political firestorm of the last 10 days finally seems to be burning itself out, if only gradually.

Opinion: National ignores incriminating material

Opinion: National ignores incriminating material

The tirade of insults, invective and scorn directed at Nicky Hager must rank as one of the most sustained efforts by National to destroy an individual's credibility since the party's political witch trials of the Muldoon era.

Winston Peters keeps pulling the rabbits from his hat

Winston Peters keeps pulling the rabbits from his hat

You cannot teach an old dog new tricks, but try telling Winston Peters that.

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?