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Date published: 9:52 am, November 24th, 2015 - 38 comments

nz flag

“Jonah Lomu tribute shows need for a new flag, PM says”.

Well that’s a new low.

Rashbrooke on inequality

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Date published: 9:40 am, November 24th, 2015 - 22 comments


Max Rashbrooke has another excellent piece in The Guardian, on inequality and on the ways he has been attacked for his writings on this issue.

Key doesn’t like being shown up by Little

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Date published: 7:03 am, November 24th, 2015 - 129 comments


Andrew Little is planning to speak up for the rights of Kiwi expats on his trip to Australia. Key clearly doesn’t like being shown up, so out come the desperate accusations.

Open mike 24/11/2015

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Date published: 6:00 am, November 24th, 2015 - 121 comments


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Daily review 23/11/2015

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Date published: 9:07 pm, November 23rd, 2015 - 28 comments


It has been one of those days …

Graph of the day

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Date published: 9:37 am, November 23rd, 2015 - 13 comments


Phil Goff for Super City Mayor

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Date published: 8:31 am, November 23rd, 2015 - 42 comments

Phil Goff cropped

Phil Goff has formally announced that he is seeking the Auckland Super City Mayoralty as an independent.

Key’s rapists attack a dead cat that keeps biting

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Date published: 7:02 am, November 23rd, 2015 - 27 comments

Angry John Key

Was Key’s bizarre rant in Parliament – accusing Labour of supporting rapists and murderers – a deliberate “dead cat” strategy? If so then it has backfired badly. Still in the headlines 2 weeks later, and probably costing him in the polls.

Open mike 23/11/2015

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Date published: 6:00 am, November 23rd, 2015 - 58 comments


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ABP Branch of Labour goes into recess; all Branch Officers to resign

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Date published: 7:39 pm, November 22nd, 2015 - 409 comments


Dunedin’s most active and most innovative Labour Party branch is going into recess.

RWC and rapists: 3 News poll confirms a pretty average week for Key.

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Date published: 6:51 pm, November 22nd, 2015 - 28 comments

Bazza,  Bazza, got a moment, its me, John.

The latest Reid Research/3News poll is out. Key gets nothing from the RWC, and the rapist remarks turn out not to have helped his popularity either. There was a time when talkback radio style outbursts used to make him look strong. Nowadays, not so much. Meanwhile, the opposition are just 1 seat behind …

Nice Mr Key (and useless Mr Carter)

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Date published: 11:33 am, November 22nd, 2015 - 21 comments

Angry John Key

Quick notes on some pieces in The Herald this morning, featuring Audrey Young’s almost epiphany on Nice Mr Key.

The People’s climate march

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Date published: 9:19 am, November 22nd, 2015 - 41 comments

Paris COP21

Nationwide protest marches are planned in New Zealand on November 28 in the run up to the Paris Climate Change talks to give the message to world leaders that real action to address climate change is required.

Open mike 22/11/2015

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Date published: 6:00 am, November 22nd, 2015 - 182 comments


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Stuff report on child abuse

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Date published: 12:32 pm, November 21st, 2015 - 122 comments

children abused killed stuff report

Not exactly light or cheerful Saturday morning reading – but we should all read it anyway. Stuff’s (Katie Kenny & Blair Ensor) excellent special investigation on child abuse in NZ.

International Labour Organisation on Austerity

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Date published: 8:38 am, November 21st, 2015 - 10 comments


An International Labour Organisation (ILO) report warns that austerity measured are an international threat to jobs and growth.

Flag distraction – first referendum

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Date published: 7:34 am, November 21st, 2015 - 135 comments


The delivery of the ballots in the first first flag referendum is getting a bit of attention from bored journalists. We the people don’t seem to care much though.

Open mike 21/11/2015

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Date published: 6:00 am, November 21st, 2015 - 172 comments


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Daily Review 20/11/2015

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Date published: 6:00 pm, November 20th, 2015 - 18 comments

Jaspreet Singh

Daily review is also your post. This provides Standardistas 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 …

The future is not going to be an Ecotopia

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Date published: 1:38 pm, November 20th, 2015 - 71 comments


The way to keep people occupied during this period of “Pretend and Extend” is to keep a steady stream of establishment fairytales (and horror stories) flowing.

Please don’t go there America

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Date published: 11:56 am, November 20th, 2015 - 27 comments

Thank you god for trump

Donald Trump won’t rule out “tracking Muslim Americans in a database or giving them “a special form of identification that noted their religion””. Brings to mind an F word.

Read my lips – some new taxes

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Date published: 11:23 am, November 20th, 2015 - 29 comments


The comical farce of Cameron Slater et al

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Date published: 10:37 am, November 20th, 2015 - 42 comments


Cameron Slater and his associates are legal morans. This has been extensively investigated and judged on by the Court of Appeal in a judgement released yesterday. I have a wee look at it and the steaming heap of faecal matter that these idiots tried to get the judges to consume.

Andrew Little on Pike River

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Date published: 10:09 am, November 20th, 2015 - 54 comments

New Zealand Mine Explosion

The fifth anniversary of the Pike River disaster has just occurred. This post records some comments made by Andrew Little on his recollection of the day after.

Hikoi for Homes.

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Date published: 9:45 am, November 20th, 2015 - 10 comments


Saturday in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

National willfully stupidly blind on climate change

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Date published: 7:01 am, November 20th, 2015 - 98 comments

climate change pacific

As the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment warns of the risks of sea level rises and recommends action, National are clear that they will take none. They are determined to leave all the risks and costs of climate change to future governments.

Open mike 20/11/2015

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Date published: 6:00 am, November 20th, 2015 - 58 comments


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Daily Review 19/11/2015

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Date published: 6:00 pm, November 19th, 2015 - 11 comments

Democrats socialists facists conservative

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Ground troops to Iraq – PM please explain

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Date published: 2:10 pm, November 19th, 2015 - 26 comments

George W. Bush

PM please explain, what the hell good would sending a few Kiwi ground troops to the ongoing disaster of the Middle East achieve? Is it the whole cost of being in the club thing again?

Towards banana republic status

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Date published: 9:30 am, November 19th, 2015 - 43 comments

banana republic

National has passed legislation with retrospective effect under urgency to change previous legislation also passed under urgency so that the law says what it thinks the law should have said, despite the existing law being abundantly clear.

Imperator Fish: the Terrorist Test

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Date published: 9:00 am, November 19th, 2015 - 22 comments

terrorism that does not make sense

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.

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