John Armstrong

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.

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.