Just how did our Prime Minister earned his nickname, "Honest John"?
Memories blurred by long sessions in the non-members bar, press gallery
journalists and political junkies start the debate:
A former press gallery correspondent writes:

"A few of us are trying to recall the origins of the
moniker 'Honest John' and I wonder if your readers with better
functioning synapses can help. One of the 'singularly sozzled scribes'
I've talked to vaguely remember a headline from The Illawarra Mercury
in the early 1980s in reference to then Treasurer Howard's dudding of
the Australian taxpayers over the "fistful of dollars" promised in the
1980 election.