David Cunliffe forgets an eleven year old pro-forma letter. John Armstrong calls for him to resign.
Then it turns out this was a National Party smear campaign. John Armstrong says he should still have resigned but y’know only to prove the confidence of his caucus.
Two National party ministers, one of them the Deputy Leader, repeatedly change their story about what they and their leader knew about the letter (note: the events they “forgot” were not 11 years ago), and it’s discovered they have manipulated the OIA process as part of their smear. John Armstrong doesn’t write a column about how they should resign.
Armstrong got carried away and has found himself hamstrung by his first absurd position. Now he looks compromised.
My advice John? Front up in your next column, admit you got it wrong, and get on with doing the job properly.