Labour has announced details of the leadership contest including timing, closing of nominations, and the dates of hustings meetings.
Written By: - Date published: 4:00 pm, October 2nd, 2014 - 11 comments
The early election has meant that National has avoided the bad news of the collapse in international milk prices during the campaign period. And the Reserve Bank has finally taken action to drive down the value of New Zealand’s currency. It may be that the brighter future promised by National is not going to be so bright.
Written By: - Date published: 3:10 pm, October 2nd, 2014 - 1 comment
It’s the conference season in Britain. According to the Guardian, audio specialist Cassetteboy has rearranged cuts from David Cameron’s Conservative conference speeches to Eminem’s 2002 track Lose Yourself. Cameron can be heard rhyming “I’m hardcore and I know the score” with “I am disgusted by the poor” followed by “I’ve made sure we’re ready for class war.”
Written By: - Date published: 8:34 am, October 2nd, 2014 - 52 comments
Every election Key is confronted with the issue of poverty. His response is always pure politics with no effective action, and this election has been no different. We will be here again in 2017.
Written By: - Date published: 8:46 pm, October 1st, 2014 - 17 comments
I’ve just been digging through the statistics for the last couple of months here at The Standard on Google analytics looking back over the last 7 years. We did pretty well for a crew who are all volunteers doing this in our spare time, a server budget now less than $300 per month and where all of us have a pile of other work to do.
Written By: - Date published: 8:41 am, October 1st, 2014 - 99 comments
Key’s public position on sending troops to Iraq has (surprise!) changed since the election. His private position on the topic probably hasn’t changed since 2003.
Written By: - Date published: 1:43 pm, September 30th, 2014 - 80 comments
According to early reports (Twitter) David Parker is interim leader of the Labour Party, with Annette King as deputy.
Written By: - Date published: 1:32 pm, September 30th, 2014 - 14 comments
The Act party, well known for rorts, dodgy deals, general corruption, and the poor calibre of their candidates, is doing it again. National gave their single novice MP an “under-secretary” position to allow Act to rort extra money from taxpayers. It also provides him with a position that is wholly unaccountable to parliament or the public via OIA.
Written By: - Date published: 8:19 am, September 30th, 2014 - 70 comments
Cameron Slater has capitulated and ended his case against various media organisations. He faces the prospect of a significant award of costs against him. There is now no restriction on the media using the Rawshark dumps the media have been apparently provided with. So far nothing has been published. Why the delay?
Written By: - Date published: 6:35 am, September 30th, 2014 - 268 comments
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 …
Written By: - Date published: 4:03 pm, September 29th, 2014 - 61 comments
Trevor Mallard is known for frequent intervention with points of order in Parliament at Question Time. His latest intervention however notified to the Herald to refuse caucus discipline is out of order. The whip’s request to caucus members to refrain from expressing their personal views at this stage of the process is entirely reasonable. No doubt at some time they will all be let off the leash, but right now unity and solidarity is far more important.
Written By: - Date published: 7:50 am, September 29th, 2014 - 93 comments
Labour is being criticised for leadership divisions. If the party had not examined its leadership it would be being criticised for ignoring the message of the voters. So never mind the media frenzy, concentrate on running (like last time) a positive and constructive selection process and review.
Written By: - Date published: 10:04 pm, September 28th, 2014 - 6 comments
After TV Two’s successful series of ‘allo, allo, allo, allo based at the Whale Oil Cafe, a pilot series “Raw Shark – the Cafe” will be screening on TV Two in October. Written by cadet reporter, Tracy Whatshite each episode stars two left wing celebrities who are the staff of the day at Raw Shark. […]
Written By: - Date published: 8:39 pm, September 28th, 2014 - 114 comments
Cameron Slater is a complete arsehole. He gets paid to exercise these talents as was exposed in Dirty Politics. So the question is who is paying him to attack researchers in public health? Do we have a National Minister of Health yet? Or is it the junk food industry or the tobacco lobby? And does he declare his earnings to the IRD?
Written By: - Date published: 2:00 pm, September 28th, 2014 - 52 comments
Our guest poster has a look at the Employment relations Amendment Bill that National will attempt to sneak through during Labour’s leadership primary. This bill is clearly targeted at those employees who are most vulnerable. It reinforces the Nat’s slow and steady but effective chipping away of employee’s rights and will really resonate with its core constituency
Written By: - Date published: 10:53 am, September 28th, 2014 - 30 comments
In the spirit of new badly needed Left Unity. The Left opposition needs to start setting the agenda. First “feed the kids” needs to be picked up. Second the corporate welfare for Solid Energy needs a lot of scrutiny. So does the the state funding of oil exploration.
Written By: - Date published: 9:05 am, September 28th, 2014 - 193 comments
Grant Robertson is the second Labour MP to announce that he wishes to seek the party’s leadership.
Written By: - Date published: 8:35 am, September 28th, 2014 - 51 comments
Latest developments in Australia are relevant in the context of the recent focus on surveillance in NZ. What are the odds that the Nats will pass similar laws here during their current term?
Written By: - Date published: 3:58 pm, September 27th, 2014 - 196 comments
David Cunliffe has announced that he has resigned as leader of the Labour Party but will stand again to seek a mandate for change.
Written By: - Date published: 1:12 pm, September 27th, 2014 - 280 comments
Labour’s Council is currently meeting. David Cunliffe is expected to make a statement today at 2:30. It will be covered live by RNZ, 3 News and other outlets. Update: David Cunliffe has announced his resignation from the leader’s position but will contest the vacant leadership. Get ready for a leadership contest …
Written By: - Date published: 9:49 am, September 27th, 2014 - 77 comments
David Farrar continues the Dirty Politics strategy of trying to intimidate critics of the government into silence.