John Armstrong’s ‘Moment of Struth’ column was dead right

John Armstrong, I thought, had his moments during the campaign, losing the plot several times and abandoning his normally objective view of politics.

Let’s reprise his column of September 17, just three days before the election where he predicted there would be a back lash against Kim Dotcom and the left wing who embraced and invested in his conspiracy theories.

Hell hath no fury like a voter who feels he or she has been treated like a fool.

The political left was already paying a heavy price at this election for displaying the characteristics which leave voters stone cold – namely disunity, political incompetence and not a little arrogance.

The left may now pay an even bigger price on Saturday thanks to Kim Dotcom’s Moment of Truth evaporating into a Moment of Struth – as in “struth, was that all he had to reveal” after months of squashing much else far more worthy of debate out of the political picture.

So robust was Dotcom’s evidence of prime ministerial untruths supposed to be that it would sink John Key faster than the Bismarck. Instead it is Dotcom who is now facing a backlash for failing to deliver.

So far, that backlash is confined to media who have been strung along for months. Voters may be more tolerant – but only up to a point. They take objection to being hoodwinked.

I have been saying for two straight years that Kim Dotcom was a fraud, a liar and that he had nothing. The sycophants on the left embraced him, hard to do given his size, but nonetheless they embraced him. They invested in his stories and his tales, they availed themselves of his money, laptops and cellphones, and they trumpeted his cause as righteous to all who would listen.

And then came the so-called ‘Moment of Truth’, a moniker dreamed up by Ira Rothken around Dotcom’s boardroom table. It was a flop, it showed that I was right and they were wrong. But like true believers they kept up with the song sheet until Saturday night.

John Armstrong was right, the voters did take exception to being hoodwinked by a fat German fraud.

There is literally no one now who will stand up for Kim Dotcom. He is loathed by the left for destroying their hopes and dreams…fantasies is probably more apt…and laughed at by the right. Most of the voting population would probably pay a dollar to fund his flight to the USA right now.

John Armstrong got that one right. So many other pundits invested right to the bitter end.

It wasn’t until about 10:00pm on election night that John Campbell and Duncan Garner finally had to concede the election was a rout for the left.

One of my mentors told me that to be successful in sales you have to follow a number of ratios as trusims. One was that you have two ears and one mouth, use them in that ration. It is true enough for sales, and it is also true enough for punditry. If more pundits listened before opening their gobs they’d be a whole lot more accurate. Watch, listen…think…speak. Just because you can dribble nothingness doesn’t mean you should.

Sometimes it really is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.


– NZ Herald

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