Latest From John Armstrong on politics

  • 27 Jul, 2015 5:00am
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National's latest bit of tinkering with its immigration policy will not solve the Auckland housing crisis. It will barely touch it.

John Armstrong: National off-guard over housing

  • 18 Jul, 2015 5:00am
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For all intents and purposes National was done like a dog's dinner by Labour this week, writes John Armstrong.
  • 11 Jul, 2015 5:00am
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Secretary of State John Kerry said yesterday the United States and its negotiating partners "will not rush, and we will not be rushed" into finalising a nuclear deal with Iran.

Key and Little kick for touch on euthanasia

  • 9 Jun, 2015 5:00am
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It did not take long. Just three days, if that, for the politicians to get voluntary euthanasia well and truly off the political agenda, writes John Armstrong.

Cunliffe's ghost stalks review

  • 4 Jun, 2015 5:00am
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The internally conducted review of Labour's abysmal performance before and during last year's election campaign is already being widely dismissed.

National coy on social 'real agenda'

  • 3 Jun, 2015 5:00am
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The National Party and its leader like to paint themselves as running a government that is moderate and pragmatic, writes John Armstrong.

John Armstrong: Greens' image newbie's challenge

  • 30 May, 2015 5:00am
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The demise of the Alliance should give the Green Party pause for thought, writes John Armstrong.
  • 26 May, 2015 10:49am
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NZ's contingent of military training specialists have barely arrived and the folly of this military (mis)adventure is already becoming apparent, writes Armstrong.

John Armstrong: Budget draws battle lines for election

  • 23 May, 2015 5:00am
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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, John Armstrong.
  • 20 May, 2015 5:30am
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For reasons long forgotten and now covered by the essentially meaningless blanket explanation of "tradition", Budgets are always delivered on a Thursday afternoon.

Labour rings changes by schmoozing big business

  • 9 May, 2015 5:00am
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Andrew Little is inviting the Barbarians at the gate into Labour's lair in an attempt to lift the party's economic credentials, writes John Armstrong.
  • 5 May, 2015 9:30am
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If Key wants to make life a lot easier, he should immediately seek leave to make a personal explanation when Parliament sits, writes John Armstrong.
  • 23 Apr, 2015 5:00am
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John Key's claim that the "horsing around" was all meant to be light-hearted and part of the "fun and games" at the cafe does not wash, writes John Armstrong.

John Armstrong: Rock-star economy loiters at rocky road to recession on quest for surplus

  • 18 Apr, 2015 5:00am
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It is not raining on John Key and his colleagues. It is pouring, John Armstrong writes.

John Key's make-or-break Budget

  • 15 Apr, 2015 5:30am
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The two Budget-related announcements risked giving every impression that National is running on empty, reckons John Armstrong.

Transtasman parity tells real story of NZ strength

  • 11 Apr, 2015 5:00am
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Rather than being "unadjusted and unsustainable", the exchange rate may reflect the fact that the NZ economy is not quite the basket-case the Nats' opponents would wish to paint it, writes John Armstrong.

John Armstrong: Govt soul-searching over lost strongholds

  • 31 Mar, 2015 5:00am
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Winston Peters cut a swathe through the wealthier parts of the Northland electorate in Saturday's byelection, securing the most votes in the National bastion of Kerikeri and matching the number cast....