But today he is wrong and doubly wrong.
"There will be relief in Labour ranks. Given the increasing political stench coming from the direction of NZ First, Labour could only hold its nose for so long. Thanks to the SFO, it has been given a breather."
No, it's too late for a breather. To suggest that the SFO investigation of the slippery Winston Peters' dodgy dealings lets Labour off the hook is to ignore the vast damage which already has been done to Labour and in particular to it's scrawny scheming leader.
"Being able to resolve things now means Clark no longer has to worry about the upcoming privileges committee report on the contempt charge against Peters."
Wrong again. John Armstrong doesn't seem to be able to see the wood for the trees in the forest. The unavoidable danger to Clark from the Privileges Committee is testimony which links her directly to the Glenn donations and attempts to purchase political favours for the Labour Party.
The minute the ETS bill is passed, an election date will be announced and parliament will rise, in order to shut down the PC and protect Helen Clark.