Written By: - Date published: 2:57 pm, February 16th, 2019 - 32 comments
The National Party is a sad, confused, slightly dazed white old man behind the curtain.
Written By: - Date published: 10:13 am, May 18th, 2017 - 28 comments
John Armstrong is not impressed: Government’s handling of housing crisis lurches from chaotic to shambolic
Written By: - Date published: 9:14 am, October 17th, 2015 - 25 comments
Today John Armstrong published his swansong at the NZ Herald. He is losing his long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Like most things that John wrote, it is worth reading. Certainly that was how he was regarded here. More than 500 of our 17,000+ posts referenced his work.
Written By: - Date published: 8:15 am, August 6th, 2015 - 91 comments
I am getting a bit bored with pundits proclaiming the imminent demise of NZ First. Over it’s 25 year life this has been the constant refrain from the likes of John Armstrong. The reality is that they appeal to a conservative mindset that traditionally had been part of the National parties internal coalition. They will keep eating at it.
Written By: - Date published: 3:31 pm, June 27th, 2015 - 5 comments
John Armstrong is apparently the last political “commentator” to take Colin Craig seriously. It’s really quite sweet.
Written By: - Date published: 9:27 am, March 8th, 2015 - 153 comments
In which John Key denies the bleeding obvious, and John Armstrong risks whiplash with the speed of his U-turn.
Written By: - Date published: 10:16 am, March 6th, 2015 - 13 comments
The lies and media pap being distributed for public consumption by the boys down at “The Club” are old and worn out now. Politicians, public commentators, and media heads who really think they can get away with this flimsy “rinse and repeat” justification of the indefensible are treated us with contempt.
Written By: - Date published: 7:11 am, February 9th, 2015 - 114 comments
In which Rodney Hide writes the column that The Herald’s senior political reporter should have written…
Written By: - Date published: 7:50 am, November 26th, 2014 - 29 comments
Herald: The Key administration has plumbed new depths of arrogance and contempt for the notion of politicians being accountable for their actions, writes John Armstrong. Also: Andrea Vance
Written By: - Date published: 7:06 am, September 12th, 2014 - 55 comments
Frank Macskasy at the Daily Blog has produced a timeline on the 11 year old David Cunliffe – Donghua Liu letter that shows some more seriously dodgy Dirty Politics
Written By: - Date published: 2:54 pm, September 10th, 2014 - 37 comments
Idiot Savant nails the basic issue that commentators like John Armstrong and many others simply don’t understand about the Greens. They aren’t particularly interested in the political game. They are interested in effecting change. But that’s the problem with the galley: they don’t think policy matters. The idea that some victories aren’t worth winning is something they just don’t understand.
Written By: - Date published: 2:12 pm, August 15th, 2014 - 58 comments
BLip comments on John Armstrong’s article yesterday. Then he updates his “Honest Man” list about John Key and his limited understanding of the truth.
Written By: - Date published: 11:31 am, August 7th, 2014 - 19 comments
Rob Salmond looks at the recent shifts in media opinion pieces. Perhaps the National strategy of getting the house to rise too early has backfired. It appears to be giving opposition parties more room to showcase their policy, more room for National to showcase its arrogance, and more time for the polls to close.
Written By: - Date published: 10:48 am, July 28th, 2014 - 19 comments
It’s only “gotcha” politics when the left wing does it.
Written By: - Date published: 11:36 am, July 15th, 2014 - 28 comments
Over the weekend John Armstrong had a column about youth voter turnout in the upcoming election. Much of the material was familiar – young people don’t vote so much – nobody talks their language, yo! – parties are Trying Very Hard, but they are also old fuddy-duddies – and so on. He then blamed much of it on a perceived trend toward centrist politics under MPP. But runs directly-if-casually contrary to at least two large research programmes in political science.
Written By: - Date published: 6:45 pm, June 26th, 2014 - 82 comments
A dear John letter to Herald Columnist John Armstrong.
Written By: - Date published: 9:12 am, June 21st, 2014 - 46 comments
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, […]
Written By: - Date published: 1:20 pm, April 7th, 2014 - 13 comments
It isn’t a new ploy from National or its supporters. “Mortgage rate rises under National: Good. Mortgage rate rises under Labour: Dreadful!”. I’ve seen David Farrar argue both that a recession is the perfect time to cut taxes because it stimulates the economy, and a recovery is also the perfect time to cut taxes to provide a dividend. It reminds me of that old chestnut, most recently applied to Don Brash: “The answer is tax cuts. What is the question again?”
Written By: - Date published: 9:11 am, November 3rd, 2013 - 105 comments
Labour’s new KiwiAssure policy has been welcomed by John Armstrong as good politics. And it is. But it’s also good policy – at the same time we’ve got a government hell bent on making sure electricity profits flow to overseas investors, David Cunliffe’s policy is about giving Kiwi’s the ability to ensure that any money made from their insurance stays in the country and pays for hospitals, schools, and New Zealanders’ retirement.
Written By: - Date published: 9:05 am, November 2nd, 2013 - 91 comments
John Armstrong’s column in this morning’s Herald is an interesting collection of ideas. Apparently David Cunliffe is too left yet too wishy-washy, a remit that was voted down is offered as evidence that the party is “lurching” to the left, and the party is too boring. And he decries the lack of new material before David Cunliffe has given his keynote speech. Don’t you think you should wait for the speech first John?
Written By: - Date published: 8:01 am, October 12th, 2013 - 30 comments
John Armstrong has a good column on National’s attack on Kiwi workers today. Covering off David Cunliffe’s speech to the CTU, Armstrong talks about the way the Nats have been playing small target on their raft of small employment changes that add up to a serious attack on the wages and rights of all of […]
Written By: - Date published: 12:23 pm, September 14th, 2013 - 83 comments
John Armstrong gets it right: David Cunliffe’s going to win tomorrow. But he also gets it really wrong. Armstrong cooks up a conspiracy where Cunliffe’s job is to win the election, then Robertson will roll him. It’s almost as if, in the middle of Labour’s first democratic leadership selection process, he’s forgotten that Labour now has a democratic leadership selection process.
Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, June 9th, 2013 - 106 comments
John Armstrong follows Lusk’s plan in attacking The Green Party’s democratic change to Conference remit procedures. Isaac Davison gives a more balanced account& points to preparation for a Labour-Green government. How much bottom-up democracy can there be in a top-down parliamentary system?