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Armstrong on Jones and Northland — Kiwiblog

John Armstrong writes: What chance of Shane Jones prising the seat of Northland from the tightly-clenched grasp of the National Party at September’s general election? In short, not much.Jones is confronted with a simple, but ugly equation — one that he will never be able to come up with enough numbers sufficient to solve it.National’s…

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Jacinda Will Struggle to Keep Her Head Above Water — The BFD

 

The media has fallen out of love with Jacinda. It’s about time. John Armstrong has some harsh words about our princess and her government, and it is music to my ears. The glitter of Jacinda Ardern’s crown no longer sparkles or glistens quite so gloriously as it did not that many months ago. The Prime…

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Armstrong rates Labour-NZ First Cabinet Ministers — Your NZ

John Armstrong has rated the first year performances of the Cabinet Ministers in the Labour-NZ First government (Greens are missed, presumably because their ministers are outside Cabinet). Labour ministers: JACINDA ARDERN, Prime Minister, Arts, Culture and Heritage, Child Poverty Reduction. Score: 9/10 In short, Ardern is a class act. The public is entranced by her. […]

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The Nauru PR disaster for Ardern — Kiwiblog

John Armstrong writes: Instead of shaking off the reverse Midas touch with which has been her unwanted yet constant companion since her return to Parliament from maternity leave, the Prime Minister’s overseas excursion seems to have exacerbated the affliction. The trip had already met all the requirements to be classified as a public relations disaster…

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A brutal and honest assessment of Jacinda Ardern by John Armstrong — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

John Armstrong has written what may well be one of his best columns. It shows what he is capable of when not taking dictation from Bill English: Jacinda Ardern sold herself to the voting public last year as a politician who was as fresh and pure as driven snow. During the past couple of weeks,…

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John Armstrong writes: Forget about modelling for any more Vogue-style fashion shoots. Forget about being willing fodder for the cameras of Australian-produced current affairs shows which are anything but. Forget about being forever labelled as New Zealand’s “rock-star prime minister”. … New Zealand’s Prime Minister can once more concentrate exclusively on looking and behaving like…

via Armstrong on Jacinda’s week of hell — Kiwiblog

Green leadership – sickly sweet political correctness versus political realism — Your NZ

John Armstrong still does the occasional column for 1 News. On this occasion he looks at the Green leadership, and assesses Marama Davidson versus Julie Anne Genter. Co-leaders are chosen by the Green party membership, and I doubt they will take much notice of Armstrong, but he makes some astute points. 1 News: Julie Anne […]

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John Armstrong gives Little and Labour a real serve over Pike River — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

John Armstrong, political commentator, on TVNZ News website has given the Pike River recovery and Andrew Little a real serve on this – basically saying Little’s role is to let the families down gently. Labour has been flagging that it has found a way of avoiding its potential Pike River antics falling foul of that law.…

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Meet another funny comedian — Kiwiblog

Guy Williams is a comedian. He thought it would be funny to mock John Armstrong for his appearance. Why? Presumably because John dares to write columns that sometimes criticise Labour and Greens. Incidentally he wrotes heaps of columns criticising National also. Now it is widely known John as Parkinson’s Disease, a long-term degenerative disorder. He’s…

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John Armstrong nails it — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

John Armstrong writes: And so the National Party juggernaut just keeps rolling on and on and on. Who or what can stop Bill English and company rolling into a fourth term in power? On election-night results, a Labour-New Zealand First-Greens combo is technically still alive. But only in the way Elvis Presley is still alive.…

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John Armstrong: How Jacinda’s cunning plan fell apart — New Zealand Herald – Top Stories

Like the sands through the hourglass – it has taken just four short weeks for Jacinda Ardern’s “campaign of our lives” to become more akin to the The Days of Our Lives . Labour’s Wonder Woman has found …

via John Armstrong: How Jacinda’s cunning plan fell apart — New Zealand Herald – Top Stories

Armstrong on Turei — Kiwiblog

John Armstrong writes: Turei has made little secret of her ambition to be in charge of the Social Development portfolio in a Labour-Greens coalition government. Were she to become Social Development minister following September’s election and had she not disclosed her misleading of Work and Income, the Social Development ministry’s operational arm, the prime minister…

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Armstrong: Turei’s benefit fraud admission stinks — Your NZ

John Armstrong is scathing of Metiria Turei’s confession about benefit fraud, and also how she has handled it. 1 News: The timing of Metiria Turei’s benefit fraud admission stinks – as does her handling of it Those standing alongside the Greens’ co-leader might like to ponder another possible motive for her coming clean about her […]

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John Armstrong on Labour: A Political cot case

 

John Armstrong thinks Labour has become a political cot case: The most that can be said this far out from Election Day is that this year’s edition makes it more unlikely that National will lose office. In Labour’s case, that document swiftly turned out to be yet another hurdle tripping up the hapless party. To…

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Tits for hands

Nick Smith really does have tits for hands. John Armstrong explains: With the countdown to polling day about to be measured in weeks rather than months, Bill English, while keeping his fingers strictly crossed, has had reason to feel increasingly confident that he will not fall victim to the tide of populism which has engulfed…

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