John Armstrong

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.

Key would be wise to assume that the worm can turn

Key would be wise to assume that the worm can turn

This past week has surely been the most difficult and ultimately demeaning one in the otherwise stellar political career of one John Phillip Key.

King, Goff give Greens a masterclass in Opposition

King, Goff give Greens a masterclass in Opposition

The next time the Prime Minister delivers a speech on something as fundamental as national security and the potential for Islamic State-inspired terrorism to happen in New Zealand, the Greens should read it carefully, rather than making assumptions about its content and consequently missing or dismissing what he is really saying.

It's lonely out on the far left, and the Greens know it

It's lonely out on the far left, and the Greens know it

Not so long ago, any Green MP who suggested some herbal concoction to ward off Ebola would surely have been deemed by his or her colleagues to be guilty only of being eccentric.

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?