John Armstrong

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?

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.