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NRT: There is too much money in our politics

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Date published: 3:27 pm, May 6th, 2015 - 37 comments
Categories: Abuse of power, election 2014, greens, labour, national, political parties, Politics, same old national
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Our political system is awash with money. There is clearly an arms race going on where National is trying to spend everyone else into the ground. National includes significant funding from Auckland property developers and real estate agents, and probably explains their effective disinterest in fixing Auckland housing.

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Open mike 07/05/2015

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Date published: 6:00 am, May 7th, 2015 - 2 comments

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Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Step up to the mike …

Daily review 06/05/2015

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Date published: 5:30 pm, May 6th, 2015 - 30 comments

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Daily review is also your post. This provides Standarnistas the opportunity to review events of the day.  The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Don’t forget to be kind to each other.

GCSB and fabricating the ‘truth’

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Date published: 11:53 am, May 6th, 2015 - 18 comments

Key Liar

Someone is trying to fabricate the ‘truth’, but it isn’t Snowden and the people reporting him.

UK media and the election

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Date published: 10:40 am, May 6th, 2015 - 42 comments

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A glitch in the Matrix

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Date published: 9:00 am, May 6th, 2015 - 29 comments

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Two politicians with very similar names and practically identical, terrible excuses for their lies. But does it mean the honeymoon’s over for John Key?

Worst. Excuse. Ever.

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Date published: 8:17 am, May 6th, 2015 - 11 comments

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Open mike 06/05/2015

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Date published: 6:00 am, May 6th, 2015 - 180 comments

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Daily review 05/05/2015

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Date published: 5:30 pm, May 5th, 2015 - 58 comments

John Key ponytail

Daily review is also your post. This provides Standarnistas the opportunity to review events of the day.  The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Don’t forget to be kind to each other.

What Tony Abbott thinks of babies

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Date published: 5:00 pm, May 5th, 2015 - 9 comments

Abbott on babies

A recent cartoon summarises Tony Abbott’s views of babies perfectly.

Government cuts emergency dental loans for beneficiaries

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Date published: 11:00 am, May 5th, 2015 - 38 comments

Fuck the poor

Over the past few years the amount WINZ has lent to beneficiaries for emergency dental work has been slashed. Update: Seems to have been an error- OIA chaos in the Ministry of Social Development

Crunch time for Collins

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Date published: 8:08 am, May 5th, 2015 - 46 comments

judith collins gun

If Key survives the next few weeks Collins will likely have missed her chance until after the next election.

Embarrassed? Us?

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Date published: 7:08 am, May 5th, 2015 - 27 comments

facepalm

“John Key … hopes he hasn’t embarrassed New Zealand in the wake of the embarrassing saga, which made headlines worldwide.” Ummm….

Open mike 05/05/2015

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Date published: 6:00 am, May 5th, 2015 - 289 comments

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Destination: Next Progressive Majority

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Date published: 8:34 pm, May 4th, 2015 - 3 comments

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The Fabian Society invites all those interested to join a discussion with Sir Michael Cullen, Peter Harris, Sarah Helm, Tracey Martin MP, Richard Harman and Lyndy McIntyre at  St  Andrew’s on the Terrace, Wellington, on Sunday 10th May at 1pm. Ideas on strategy, economy, party relations, communication and organising will all be canvassed. Read more and register here.

Sphinx and Rachinger

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Date published: 7:18 pm, May 4th, 2015 - 22 comments

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The search engine on this site is run by Sphinx search. This is an open source general purpose package that runs a scan on the databases amended posts or comments. However it appeared to have caused Cameron Slater to cum all over his brain and shut down even the minimal amounts of animal cunning that he usually possesses.

Polity: Hide / Farrar / Hooton: “Hey, look over there!

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Date published: 3:25 pm, May 4th, 2015 - 51 comments

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“The shrillness of the “hey look over there!” narrative coming from the right-hand-side shows just how deep the embarrassment within National is at the Northland campaign and result.”

Rachinger on dirty politics 3 – Scoop takes up the story

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Date published: 12:30 pm, May 4th, 2015 - 112 comments

drama-mask

Ben Rachinger was a dirty politics insider. He is telling his story. Alastair Thompson at Scoop writes: “Arguably therefore this is an exceptionally fine piece of undercover investigative journalism into a matter of national significance”.

Support Wellington Rape Crisis this week

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Date published: 12:00 pm, May 4th, 2015 - No comments

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This week is Wellington Rape Crisis’ annual appeal.

Worst. Interview. Ever.

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Date published: 9:30 am, May 4th, 2015 - 85 comments

garethkeenan

On Radio NZ this morning John Key gave an interview that was cringe-worthy, defensive and accidently hilarious. The man is a joke … and not even an original one.

The rise of Collins and the decline of Key

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Date published: 8:48 am, May 4th, 2015 - 82 comments

Judith Collins

John Key is back in the country and going by his interview on Morning Report this morning has been affected significantly by ponygate.  And Judith Collins has suddenly burst back into public view with the obvious goal of seeking a return to cabinet.  Or is it that she wants to be the next National leader?

Open mike 04/05/2015

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Date published: 6:00 am, May 4th, 2015 - 170 comments

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Miliband:Dangerous Muppet?

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Date published: 12:58 pm, May 3rd, 2015 - 40 comments

Miliband

Is Ed Miliband fighting democracy? Well…

Rachinger on dirty politics 2

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Date published: 11:44 am, May 3rd, 2015 - 34 comments

drama-mask

Ben’s story has reached an interesting point.

Ports of Auckland is out of control

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Date published: 8:33 am, May 3rd, 2015 - 28 comments

POAL Auckland harbour

Ports of Auckland’s recent behaviour outlines a major weakness with Auckland super city.  Corporate interests are able to take precedence over the wishes of our democratically elected representatives.

Open mike 03/05/2015

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Date published: 6:00 am, May 3rd, 2015 - 167 comments

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CSI, Reality TV and Gangsta Gun-slingers – a few random weekend thoughts

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Date published: 5:47 pm, May 2nd, 2015 - 33 comments

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Random questions that arise when watching the TV….

The Californian canary

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Date published: 11:54 am, May 2nd, 2015 - 42 comments

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Not that I wish any ill on Californians, but in the grand scheme of things it is probably good for our global chances of action to limit climate change that such a clear example of the damaging effects are playing out in the USA’s back yard.

Prosecuting Key

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Date published: 11:27 am, May 2nd, 2015 - 42 comments

emmerson-ponytail300

Very wise of Bailey to dissociate herself from McCready, and make her own decisions about prosecuting Key.

(Image from Emmerson in The Herald)

NRT: National wants to jail people who expose politicians

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Date published: 8:32 am, May 2nd, 2015 - 27 comments

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Interesting post from I/S at No Right Turn on the Harmful Digital Communications Bill.

Open mike 02/05/2015

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Date published: 6:00 am, May 2nd, 2015 - 114 comments

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