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Introducing the Standard Week

Written By: - Date published: 11:52 am, June 6th, 2008 - 12 comments
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We know that if you miss a couple of days of The Standard you can have 15 posts to read. Even though we try to keep posts pithy, it can be too much to catch up on.

So, we’re happy to introduce the Standard Week. On Fridays, we’ll do a Standard Week post linking to the five or so top posts of the week (by number of comments or subjective awesome-ness) so you can catch up on any you’ve missed. We’ll also email the Standard Week to anyone who wants to receive it.

Just flick us an email at thestandardnz@gmail.com to go on the Standardista list. On becoming a Standardista, you will receive your Standardista cloth cap, ‘how-to’ guide for living a PC life, class consciousness, and Notional Party yo-yo that swings from the right to the centre and back again every three years.*

Key: Vietnam War was ‘right thing to do’
Incredibly, Key has said that the Vietnam War was justified and New Zealand’s involvement in it was ‘the right thing to do’  [more]

Into the void: examining National’s ‘policies
A smattering of cliches that nibble at the edges of a few portfolios. They are unsophisticated and uncosted; most of them are little more than a plan to have a policy  [more]

Yet more government waste
Following a series of National Party questions to the house the Herald has discovered the Labour government has spent nearly $27K on sausage rolls since taking power in 1999  [more]

How much did Key pay for his seat?
I was up in Auckland over the long weekend and came across someone who told me the story of how Key became involved in National… [more

Foreign media owners slash journo numbers, again
This is the problem with having our print media owned by two foreign multi-nationals. They’re not in it to produce quality journalism, they’re in it for profits  [more]

‘pretty similar’
I signed up to Kiwisaver based on the 4% employer contribution being rolled out. If National caps that at 1% then I’m out of pocket by about $75,000 in contributions alone… [more]

*you won’t really receive these things, except the class consciousness.

12 comments on “Introducing the Standard Week”

  1. r0b 1

    Beyond excellent.

    But – you got my hopes up re the Notional Party yo-yo. Want one!

  2. higherstandard 2


    Why not set up a version of the MRL party from the UK – the public could do with a bit more levity

  3. r0b 3

    HS – I would not dare tread on the grave of the late lamented McGillicuddy Serious.

  4. higherstandard 4

    Fair very fair – Still I think no one does political satire like the Brits regardless of which side of the political spectrum they’re merciless and sure to bring a tear of hour to the eye.

    I wonder if anyone could convince McPhail and Gadsby to come back for a six week stint surely there’s more than enough foibles amongst the current cop at the Beehive for a few hours of material?

  5. r0b 5

    Agreed re the Brits, and as for McPhail and Gadsby they might have had enough time off to recharge the creative batteries, so, splendid idea.

  6. mike 6

    Nothing about the latest Roy Morgan poll this week?

    Here’s the link for you http://www.roymorgan.com/news/polls/2008/4298/

    Nats out to 18.5% lead

  7. outofbed 7

    “Nats out to 18.5% lead”
    which means The Nats are about 4 % above where they need to be to guarantee being the Government
    tough ask eh ?

  8. bill brown 8

    Mike, if you think this is cause for celebration then you are as shallow as a salt pan.

    It may be that JK wins this time around but the hangover that the country wakes up with the next morning will be colossal.

    Personally, for me and my family, should National win we will be better off, but at the expense of a whole lot of people that will be paying for it and can’t afford it.

    It sickens me that anyone in this country can think this is a good thing.

    May you drown in your own bile.

    Captcha: tough TIMES – someone’s taking the pi$$

  9. Matthew Pilott 9

    mike how is that Christian Union of Soviet Socialist Republics coming along? I assume that is a fusion of the Cross of our Good Lord, and the Hammer and Sickle of Revolution?

    Must be tough selling a classless system to the oligarchs, no?

  10. ak 10

    mike: latest Roy Morgan poll

    Gee ta mike – say, isn’t there an orgiastic gloatfest on over at Farrarcreche or one of the other pustules that you’re missing out on?

    I’d make your petty priaptic glee and merry mischief while you can mikey; because with the 70% refusal rate, all your great tumescent polls indicate is that a couple of percent more have been tempted to vent in your nasty little “NZ Sucks” hate-session.

    As Orewa One and the great tax-cut bribe of 2005 taught us, kiwis are far too astute to base their kids’ futures on putrid base emotions of the rancidrighty kind.

    Put it away mike, you’re just embarrassing.

  11. mike 11

    “May you drown in your own bile.”

    Nice – you have a good weekend too bill.

  12. bill brown 12

    bite me

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