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Written By: - Date published: 1:01 pm, December 21st, 2014 - 11 comments

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Open mike 21/12/2014

Written By: - Date published: 7:44 am, December 21st, 2014 - 112 comments

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In Solidarity with Sony

Written By: - Date published: 4:37 pm, December 20th, 2014 - 77 comments

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Sony this week bowed to pressure to withdraw the movie The Interview because of a cyber attack on it from hackers associated with North Korea. This post is in support of freedom of speech and expression.

Open mike 20/12/2014

Written By: - Date published: 7:50 am, December 20th, 2014 - 94 comments

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The Authors of the Standard are now in holiday mode.  Posting will be less regular and dependant on individual author enthusiasm.  Open mike will continue every day and prepare yourself for some year in review posts and some recycling of old stuff.  And as R0b has said be nice to each other.  Open mike is your post.  The Standard is not a conspiracy – just a welcome outlet for the expression of views. Leaders that command respect will not be undermined by this.  The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy).  Step up to the mike …

Caption contest

Written By: - Date published: 3:08 pm, December 19th, 2014 - 59 comments

John Key not sorry for being a man

Keep it seemly …

Open mike 19/12/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:32 am, December 19th, 2014 - 101 comments

Terrorists

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Open mike 18/12/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:22 am, December 18th, 2014 - 247 comments

keep calm and Solidarity

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ImperatorFish: “I said surface, not surplus”

Written By: - Date published: 2:15 pm, December 17th, 2014 - 7 comments

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Scott examines Bill’s likely excuses for failing to deliver something National have promised since 2011

Open mike 17/12/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:24 am, December 17th, 2014 - 120 comments

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Vance on Key’s “crass opportunism”

Written By: - Date published: 4:01 pm, December 16th, 2014 - 74 comments

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Open mike 16/12/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:45 am, December 16th, 2014 - 75 comments

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Siege in Sydney

Written By: - Date published: 1:39 pm, December 15th, 2014 - 246 comments

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Up to 20 civilian hostages are being held in a Sydney chocolate shop in a developing hostage situation.

Update: The siege is over, reports suggest two dead and three injured.

Body: John’s Christmas wishlist

Written By: - Date published: 12:51 pm, December 15th, 2014 - 6 comments

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Andrew Little’s adjournment speech

Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, December 15th, 2014 - 6 comments

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Well worth a look.  A straight talker, with a sense of humour, freshness and vigour.

The line on Little…

Written By: - Date published: 8:49 am, December 15th, 2014 - 154 comments

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The Nats have finished focus-grouping their attack line on Andrew Little and are moving in to deployment. As narrated by Twitter this morning…

Open mike 15/12/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:08 am, December 15th, 2014 - 84 comments

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Inequality – two excellent pieces

Written By: - Date published: 8:55 am, December 14th, 2014 - 65 comments

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Inequality has been very much in the news recently. Friday saw the publication of two really excellent pieces that between them provide a comprehensive, if depressing overview.

Open mike 14/12/2014

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, December 14th, 2014 - 117 comments

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Open mike 13/12/2014

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, December 13th, 2014 - 48 comments

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Weekend social 12/12/2014

Written By: - Date published: 2:06 pm, December 12th, 2014 - 26 comments

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Weekend social is for non political chat. What’s on for the weekend, gigs, film or book reviews, sports, or whatever. No politics, no aggro, why can’t we all just get along?

Open mike 12/12/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:30 am, December 12th, 2014 - 136 comments

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A good speech

Written By: - Date published: 8:25 am, December 11th, 2014 - 16 comments

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A good speech from Green MP James Shaw in Parliament’s closing session yesterday.

Open mike 11/12/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:30 am, December 11th, 2014 - 219 comments

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Oppose the housing sell off!

Written By: - Date published: 3:11 pm, December 10th, 2014 - 4 comments

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A last-minute, urgent appeal from Phil Twyford – oppose the sell off of state houses – today!

Caption contest

Written By: - Date published: 1:58 pm, December 10th, 2014 - 85 comments

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The normal rules apply.

Local Bodies: “Government Given the Bums Up”

Written By: - Date published: 9:55 am, December 10th, 2014 - 5 comments

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From the Local Bodies blog, 2 posts on the government’s “head in the sand” approach to climate change and the environment.  A critique of the government’s approach to business, mining and the environment & a report on the protest against the government’s head in the sand approach.

Polity: OECD on inequality and growth

Written By: - Date published: 7:42 am, December 10th, 2014 - 33 comments

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Rob Salmond notes the OECD report saying the West – and New Zealand more than any – have had their growth held back by income inequality. Do we have a government willing to do anything about it?

Open mike 10/12/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:30 am, December 10th, 2014 - 197 comments

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ImperatorFish: A statement from the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

Written By: - Date published: 2:23 pm, December 9th, 2014 - 21 comments

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The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is outraged at the scandalous behaviour of Auckland mayor Len Brown. The people of Auckland deserve better than a mayor who spends public money discharging his bodily wastes.

Teapot tapes released!

Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, December 9th, 2014 - 7 comments

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As the matter seems to be heading for trial now is a good time for the audio from the teapot tapes to be released.

Ambrose to sue Key

Written By: - Date published: 7:41 am, December 9th, 2014 - 76 comments

A "private" meeting...

Key is carrying plenty of baggage now. Haunted not only by dirty politics, but also the scandal of the election before, the teapot tapes.

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