John Armstrong

Big question now is whether Colin Craig's brand still cuts it

Big question now is whether Colin Craig's brand still cuts it

In the public's mind, Colin Craig's confession that aspects of his relationship with his former press secretary, Rachel MacGregor, were ''inappropriate'' begs only one question: just how inappropriate?

Social service delivery vehicle experiments more radical

Social service delivery vehicle experiments more radical

Bill English's latest experiment in the delivery of social services to those at the bottom of the socio-economic heap is the most radical yet to emerge from his Beehive laboratory.

Saudi sheep saga has somehow sidestepped scandal status

Saudi sheep saga has somehow sidestepped scandal status

It was a bribe. It was an under-the-table pay-off. It might have had the title of a ''facilitation payment''. But that was just a poncy name for a bribe.

Greens have to avoid following Alliance down gurgler

Greens have to avoid following Alliance down gurgler

What the Greens have to do is reach out from their inner-city metropolitan strongholds and start making connections in the suburbs, provincial cities and rural towns.

Budget bereft of vision but shrewd in outflanking Labour

Budget bereft of vision but shrewd in outflanking Labour

National needed a good Budget. It got one. The Budget was a rock of certainty and continuity in a sea of almost surreal politics played out most visibly and vividly by the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.

Labour opens the bar to schmooze with business

Labour opens the bar to schmooze with business

It would never have been allowed to happen during Helen Clark's long reign as Labour's leader. Nor during David Cunliffe's much shorter tenure in the job.

Key may have real trouble shrugging off this fiasco

Key may have real trouble shrugging off this fiasco

The day is surely not far away when John Key's gift of the gab will be unable to talk him out of a political quagmire into which he has so needlessly dug himself.

Opinion: National beginning to look like a rabbit in the headlights

Opinion: National beginning to look like a rabbit in the headlights

A much-anticipated return to surplus somehow metamorphoses into yet another unwelcome deficit; dairy prices slump ever lower; the New Zealand dollar keeps rising ever higher; the overheated Auckland property market makes the South Sea Bubble of the 1700s look like an exercise in financial probity.

Strong dollar something we may have to live with

Strong dollar something we may have to live with

Down, boy. And that's less an instruction and more an order.

Peters' victory prompts seismic shift in political landscape

Peters' victory prompts seismic shift in political landscape

The humiliating defeat that Winston Peters inflicted on the National Party in last Saturday's Northland by-election has changed nothing.