Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, November 19th, 2015 - 22 comments
Following from a tweet from Josie Pagani Imperator Fish has designed this handy quiz so that protesters can work out if they prefer ISIS to the TPP.
Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, October 14th, 2015 - 7 comments
The Nats changing lines on the Taji report look like just another routine coverup of just another routine lie. At least, I hope so, because not knowing / caring about the report would be worse.
Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, October 13th, 2015 - 17 comments
An American report which came out shortly before Key’s visit to our troops at Taji camp in Iraq is strongly critical of conditions there, and of the efficacy of the training process. Key claims he didn’t know, yet another of his outbreaks of “convenient ignorance”.
Written By: - Date published: 8:40 am, October 12th, 2015 - 35 comments
Terrible news from Turkey where over a hundred protesters have been killed by explosions at a peaceful protest organised to seek an end to the violence between the Kurdish separatist PKK militants and the Turkish government.
Written By: - Date published: 12:04 pm, September 9th, 2015 - 12 comments
As the photo claims, refugees are human beings. We can tell this from general expressions of resignation, desperation and misery.
But what about our own expressions of humanity?
Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, September 3rd, 2015 - 52 comments
The Government is under increasing pressure to increase the number of refugees that it takes. Amnesty International’s proposal to double the number could be met by less than the cost of a flag referendum.
Written By: - Date published: 6:08 pm, June 26th, 2015 - 432 comments
A respectful open letter to Andrew Little with suggestions for how to win the next election!
Written By: - Date published: 9:06 am, June 14th, 2015 - 70 comments
Supporters of Tony Blair’s third way and the need for Labour to be aspirational should reflect on recent reports of his huge wealth earned with taxpayer support while he has been engaged on official business.
Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, April 21st, 2015 - 68 comments
Everyone else is giving their reckons on the treatment of ANZAC Day this year, as we commemorate the centenary of the first year of World War I. So here are mine.
Written By: - Date published: 10:52 am, April 16th, 2015 - 31 comments
The government is doing a poor job at explaining our Iraq war policy, but never fear, we have the answers.
Written By: - Date published: 11:30 am, March 18th, 2015 - 30 comments
Yesterday the mask slipped and John Key admitted the real reason our deployment to Iraq is only for two years: so he can win an election.
Written By: - Date published: 8:20 am, March 4th, 2015 - 125 comments
National’s justification for going to war against ISIS suffers from two fundamental problems, it is supporting an Iraqi regime that is corrupt and working against the best interests of all of its people, and there is no plan to convert Iraq into a sustainable state.
Written By: - Date published: 7:11 am, February 27th, 2015 - 87 comments
Despite the best efforts of Mike Hosking, the poll numbers tell us that Kiwis have lost their historical appetite for this kind of misadventure.
Written By: - Date published: 7:11 am, February 26th, 2015 - 5 comments
Written By: - Date published: 7:30 pm, February 24th, 2015 - 81 comments
John Key’s frothing exhortation to Andrew Little in Parliament to “get some guts” reminds one of opera’s famous Duke of Plazatoro “who led his regiment from behind, he found it less exciting.” Key’s not going to Iraq – our soldiers are the ones in danger.
Written By: - Date published: 11:15 am, February 24th, 2015 - 172 comments
So, we’re off to Iraq. If the answer to ISIS isn’t sending Kiwi troops, what do Standardistas think practical alternatives might be?
EDIT: Key announces 143 troops to go to Iraq and support staff.
Written By: - Date published: 7:19 am, February 14th, 2015 - 53 comments
“You gotta hand it to John Key: the timing is perfect. On a slow-news Friday at a time when the media is falling over itself to hype the cricket world cup, the last veil drops to reveal al Jaafari and his request for assistance.”