Armstrong’s Awards

December 18th, 2010 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

John Armstring gives otu his awards in the NZ Herald:

  • Politician of the Year – John Key
  • Rising Star – Hekia Parata. Also mentioned – Amy Adams, Michael Woodhouse, David Parker, David Cunliffe, Brendon Burns
  • Quiet Achiever – Tim Groser
  • Best Speech – John Key on the day of the second explosion at Pike River
  • Best Speech in Parliament – Amy Adams for her personal account of the Canterbury Earthquake
  • Most extraordinary speech – Heather Roy’s “black swans” speech to the ACT conference
  • Wrong speech – Jonathan Coleman
  • Mission Impossible Award for Salesmanship – Bill English for getting GSt increased with hardly a murmur
  • Mr Bean Award for Complete Absence of Salemanship – Gerry Brownlee for mining in National Parks
  • Complete Lack of Political Bottle Award – Steven Joyce and John Key for not lowering teh blood-alcohol limit
  • Gone but not forgotten – Jeanette Fitzsimons
  • Gone and already forgotten – David Garrett
  • Foot in Mouth Award – Phil Goff for calling Cunliffe Caygill
  • Stunned Mullet Award – John Key for not reacting to Paul Henry’s comments on the Governor-General
  • Kim Jong-il Award for Self-Glorification: Chris Carter.
  • Tammy Wynette “Stand by your Man” Award: Pansy Wong for demonstrating what she thought of her role as Minister of Women’s Affairs by putting her husband, Sammy, first, her career second.
  • Oscar for Worst Performance in a Supporting Role: The CTU for The Hobbit.
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10 Responses to “Armstrong’s Awards”

  1. Herman Poole (297 comments) says:

    Complete Lack of Political Bottle Award – Steven Joyce and John Key for not lowering teh blood-alcohol limit

    Bugger off.

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  2. homepaddock (408 comments) says:

    “» Tammy Wynette “Stand by your Man” Award: Pansy Wong for demonstrating what she thought of her role as Minister of Women’s Affairs by putting her husband, Sammy, first, her career second.”

    I regard the MWA as one of the low hanging fruit which could be plcuked to reduce the red in the government’s accounts, but if its succedding in its aim to help women have real choices it will acknowledge and be equally supportive of those who choose to put family before a career as those who don’t.

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  3. PaulL (5,987 comments) says:

    I’m with Herman. I would have called that “knowing a railroading with no evidence when you see one”.

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  4. TripeWryter (716 comments) says:

    I’ve noticed on Question Time lately that Brendon Burns has become more noticeable.

    I’ve always liked Parker. He, Cunliffe, and Darren Hughes are beginning to be an effective trio.

    Ruth Dyson — and I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for her since she looked into a matter for me a decade or so ago — needs to put away the secondary armament and start firing heavy artillery at Tony Ryall. Her shots are just bouncing off.

    He manages ‘wash-my-hands’ and crocodile tears better than anyone. He didn’t give a shit about the old people’s home at Taihape; if he did, as much as he said he did, he would have done something about it. He appears not to have.

    Pansy Wong — very sorry to see her go. I don’t think she was as dumb or as stupid as she appeared to make out, especially during Question Time. She can’t have been. Surely.

    But Armstrong deserves a serve, too, for his comments about her. Mrs Wong’s first loyalty is to her husband. I don’t know any spouse who would not expect that, and that’s more than reasonable.

    She could still have been a loyal wife if she had said to him: ‘Sammy, you can’t treat my position as a means for you to make free with the New Zealand taxpayers’ money.’

    I have a friend who has lived in China for nearly 10 years. He says they are intensely status-conscious. It would have been unthinkable, he says, for Mr and Mrs Wong (because she was a Cabinet minister) to have not been accorded an elaborate welcome at places they visited — ‘private’ trip or not.

    It is fashionable, I think, for the Press Gallery and the punditerati, to sneer at Anne Tolley. She deserves a bouquet for sticking to her guns and not buckling to the teachers. She’s hung on. Have you noticed?

    And she did it with very little support from her colleagues, including Bill English (who first enunciated the policy in 2005), and her prime minister.

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  5. journo (11 comments) says:

    Just make it “Political Bottle Award” and it becomes much more accurate and relevant. It is a pity that an evidence-based legislative approach is not more widespread.

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  6. East Wellington Superhero (1,151 comments) says:

    The think English is constantly underrated.

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  7. Viking2 (11,488 comments) says:

    English is constantly underrated.

    Oh really.
    Nothing has changed, nothing will change for he is an arch conservative without imagination. He doesn’t even appear to hear or acknowledge that there are other ways to do things which will get better results. Like Key his focus is on getting elected rather than making us all and NZ Wealthy.
    And that’s the problem.

    No one in Govt. accepts the need nor the responsibility to make NZ wealthy and to introduce the policies necessary to do that.

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  8. Dave Stringer (188 comments) says:

    As long as we have one year learning the job, one year doing it and one year trying to keep it election cycles a focus on getting elected will be our lot.

    Say yeah to 5 year fixed date cycles and lets see what NZ could be.

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  9. Sean (301 comments) says:

    What about the “Forgotten but not yet gone award”?

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  10. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    And let us not forget John Hamstrung himself for the ‘banging the subliminal ‘Labour are just more fantastic than National’ drum rather transparently dressed up as ‘objective journalism” award.

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