Jacinda’s campaign launch speech

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The text of Jacinda Ardern’s campaign speech delivered today.

Still no answers on housing from Nats

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Date published: 9:00 am, August 20th, 2017 - 12 comments

Yesterday Phil Twyford debated Amy Adams on the housing crisis. Adams was hopeless, the Nats still have no answers.

Labour closes gap to 3%

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Date published: 8:27 am, August 20th, 2017 - 52 comments

Labour rising, National falling in the latest poll. Greens steady at 8%. Jacinda Ardern buries Bill English in the “favourability” rating. Will Labour overtake Nats before the election?

Update: Live Labour launch video.

Lefties on The Standard: MMP

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Date published: 6:30 am, August 20th, 2017 - 76 comments

Another experimental post on The Standard, providing a discussion space for left-wing and progressive people only.

Godwin on Godwin

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It’s ok to call Nazis Nazis.

Open Mike 20/08/2017

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Excuses/reasons, for not doing anything about children in poverty.

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Date published: 7:06 pm, August 19th, 2017 - 26 comments

Excuses/reasons, for not doing anything about children in poverty.

This is a re-post from 2013. Unfortunately the need to talk about poverty is even greater now.

Bye bye Bannon

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Date published: 2:30 pm, August 19th, 2017 - 26 comments

Breitbart’s loss is the White House’s gain as the revolving door continues.  And the question will be asked.  Was it Trump’s appallingly bad handling of the Charlottesville riots that caused Bannon’s demise?

Equal pay protestors chase the Government out of the Dunedin hospital

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Date published: 1:50 pm, August 19th, 2017 - 49 comments

They ran away from equal pay. 

Labour Campaign Launch this Sunday

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Labour’s campaign launch is this Sunday in Auckland.

Green Party makes astounding poll recovery in 24 hours!

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Date published: 11:29 am, August 19th, 2017 - 67 comments

Can we please get on with the real mahi now?

National’s Record On The Environment – Abysmal

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Date published: 9:48 am, August 19th, 2017 - 24 comments

In the style of how John Key’s contribution to the truth was discussed, lets take a wee look at National’s record on the environment

Guest post – Marja Lubeck – Labour list candidate

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Date published: 9:00 am, August 19th, 2017 - 44 comments

Guest post by Labour list and Rodney candidate Marja Lubeck on why she became involved in politics.

Legal action on “Hit and Run” deaths

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Date published: 8:40 am, August 19th, 2017 - 10 comments

Lawyers for the villagers in the area allegedly hit in Operation Burnham are taking the Government to court over its refusal to hold an independent inquiry. English responds with some particularly vile spin.

Messages to vote for

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Open Mike 19/08/2017

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Daily Review 18/08/2017

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Date published: 5:30 pm, August 18th, 2017 - 40 comments

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That 5% threshold and recent polling

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Date published: 4:09 pm, August 18th, 2017 - 82 comments

Matthew Whitehead on MMP and the threshold, along with some commentary on the current polling situation.

Jacinda Ardern helps fix Nat billboard – classy!

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Date published: 3:10 pm, August 18th, 2017 - 35 comments

What will the next Labour caucus look like?

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Date published: 1:32 pm, August 18th, 2017 - 74 comments

Early days but Labour’s surge should result in an outstanding array of talent entering Parliament.

Labour’s momentum – Nat’s fall

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Date published: 9:12 am, August 18th, 2017 - 87 comments

What Jacinda Ardern has accomplished here is nothing short of astonishing. As a one-off bump in the polls it rivals Brash’s infamous Orewa speech. But Ardern’s rise is based on optimism and positivity rather than racist dog whistles.

Getting out the vote

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Date published: 6:25 am, August 18th, 2017 - 10 comments

Tips on helping people to enrol to vote.

Greens commit to Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland passenger rail service

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Date published: 6:15 am, August 18th, 2017 - 54 comments

National has let regional rail services rust away but the Greens in government will restore rail as the backbone of New Zealand’s transport system, for freight and for people

Open Mike 18/08/2017

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Daily Review 17/08/2017

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A “Culture of Entitlement”?

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Date published: 3:39 pm, August 17th, 2017 - 48 comments

With the current dialog about welfare, It is time to look at the people who are the real  beneficiaries, of the welfare system.

Who use the educated and healthy  workforce our system provides

The people who say “everyone should stand on their own two feet”, “you don’t work you don’t eat”,  and “take personal responsibility”,

The business sector.

Labour addresses urgent mental health need in Canterbury

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Date published: 12:41 pm, August 17th, 2017 - 5 comments

In the wake of devastating earthquakes in Canterbury, National’s treatment of mental health needs in the region has been absolutely shameful. Yesterday Jacinda Ardern released new policy to help address the crisis. Great work from Labour in an area that National have cruelly neglected.

Are Government-business Think Tanks worthwhile?

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Date published: 12:41 pm, August 17th, 2017 - 7 comments

In America Donald Trump has abandoned business think tanks that he established not that long ago.  During the last Labour Government Helen Clark established the Growth and Innovation Advisory Board with mixed results.  What should a Jacinda Ardern led Labour-Green coalition do?

National – Delivering no pay rises for NZ

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Date published: 8:29 am, August 17th, 2017 - 15 comments

Expect plenty of Nat boasting on “the economy” in the election campaign. They’ll be desperate to hide the inconvenient fact that ordinary workers are going backwards.

Hager: Dirty Politics three years on

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In an excellent piece on The Spinoff, Nicky Hager reflects on three years after Dirty Politics.

Time now to sweep the party of these disgusting tactics out of office and #ChangeTheGovernment.

Open Mike 17/08/2017

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