The mess that the new government inherits

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Date published: 11:47 am, October 23rd, 2017 - 36 comments
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This post is too long to read. Its purpose is to serve as reference material, a “one stop” snapshot of where we are as a country. The mess that the new government inherits. The consequences of the nine long wasted years of National. The magnitude of the challenge ahead of us.

Reflections of a retired blogger

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Date published: 4:34 pm, October 23rd, 2017 - 5 comments

Time for me to step down as a writer here. A closing ramble, proceed at your own risk…

Labour Day

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Date published: 7:01 am, October 23rd, 2017 - 15 comments

Extra sweet this year.

Don Presland obituary

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Date published: 6:30 am, October 23rd, 2017 - 20 comments

Long time Unionist and Labour supporter Don Presland died last week. Family friend Ad writes about Don’s decades of standing up for workers’ rights and in celebration of the life of a really good man.

Open Mike 23/10/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, October 23rd, 2017 - 132 comments

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Happy Birthday Ursula Le Guin

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Date published: 2:37 pm, October 22nd, 2017 - 13 comments

An unsung hero of the civilised burn.

Kiwibloggers discuss assassination of “terrorist” Winston Peters

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Date published: 1:31 pm, October 22nd, 2017 - 81 comments

Right wing online forums are going to reach new levels of toxicity over the next 3 years. Someone really needs to monitor them.

What colour undies will Jordan wear?

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Date published: 1:26 pm, October 22nd, 2017 - 14 comments

Turns out voters were pretty chill about it

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Date published: 11:16 am, October 22nd, 2017 - 21 comments

The government’s mandate

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Date published: 8:49 am, October 22nd, 2017 - 27 comments

Where this government ranks in terms of proportion of the vote compared to the historical record. Useful analysis.

Open Mike 22/10/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, October 22nd, 2017 - 246 comments

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DPF personifies why the Nats lost and why they will lose again

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Date published: 9:16 am, October 21st, 2017 - 60 comments

National CRUSH puny parties! Why National no mates?

Small on how it went down and Nats’ bidding war myth

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Date published: 8:32 am, October 21st, 2017 - 25 comments

Vernon Small has the best account of the events of “D-Day”. Nat supporters are trying to pedal the myth that English lost a baubles bidding war because of his principles (hah!), the fact is it was all about policy match.

Lefties on The Standard – 2017 government edition

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Date published: 8:24 am, October 21st, 2017 - 46 comments

A dedicated space on The Standard for left-wing and progressive people.

This coming digital war

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Date published: 8:12 am, October 21st, 2017 - 67 comments

This is the first Labour Government of the digital age.  How progressives respond to social media attacks may be crucial to its success.

Open Mike 21/10/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, October 21st, 2017 - 87 comments

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Daily Review 20/10/2017

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Date published: 5:30 pm, October 20th, 2017 - 30 comments

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 …

Weekend social 20/10/2017

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Date published: 2:46 pm, October 20th, 2017 - 20 comments

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?

Caption competition

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Date published: 2:43 pm, October 20th, 2017 - 49 comments

A message from Generation Zero

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Date published: 1:16 pm, October 20th, 2017 - 8 comments

NZ First: We could and should be doing better

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Date published: 8:58 am, October 20th, 2017 - 15 comments

NZ First chose to be inside Cabinet in a full coalition. I’d rather expected that they would choose to be in a confidence and supply agreement as they did with Labour back in 2005. That they decided to take the risk despite their previous experience with National is a stunning level of trust. But they work well with Labour.

Where to for National?

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Date published: 8:16 am, October 20th, 2017 - 186 comments

National need to apologise to the country for dirty politics and blatant lies. They need a huge clear out of dead wood, starting at the top. Then they need to try and figure out how MMP works.

Jacinda Ardern’s speech

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Date published: 7:00 am, October 20th, 2017 - 25 comments

If you missed it last night – Jacinda Ardern’s first speech as PM elect is everything that we could want and expect. But the take-home line of the drama belongs to Winston Peters.

Open Mike 20/10/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, October 20th, 2017 - 116 comments

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James Shaw: “This is an historic moment”

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Date published: 10:08 pm, October 19th, 2017 - 50 comments

While the Green Party delegates are debating a Confidence and Supply agreement in support of a Labour-led government, James Shaw made a speech to the press at parliament on Thurs night outlining the Greens’ response to the new Labour government and where the Greens might fit into that. UPDATE: the membership have endorsed the deal.

We have a Government

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Date published: 9:37 pm, October 19th, 2017 - 25 comments

NZ First have chosen to support Labour to form the next government of NZ and have secured a coalition deal. The Greens are in the process of making a decision about a Confidence and Supply deal before they make an announcement. Matthew Whitehead writes about what the options are and how Confidence and Supply agreements can work.

The next Prime Minister is …

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Date published: 6:58 pm, October 19th, 2017 - 416 comments

Winston Peters has announced that he will be going into coalition with Labour and Jacinda Ardern will be the next Prime Minister. Let the attacks from the right about how unfair it is that a minority party did not ascend into Government and how MMP needs to be reformed begin. For the rest of us – this is a time of hope…

Down to the wire

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Date published: 5:24 pm, October 19th, 2017 - 54 comments

Lots of chatter going on at the moment. The Herald reports that NZF prefers Labour. Will it come down to the baubles in the end?

Livestream: http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/election/2017/10/livestream-winston-peters-makes-announcement.html

Updated: He has arrived – join the livestreams. And…. Jacinda

Otago University to start reducing fossil fuel use

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Date published: 12:28 pm, October 19th, 2017 - 1 comment

The University has a 3 year plan to decrease its carbon fuel use.

Today is a win-win with Winston

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Date published: 8:48 am, October 19th, 2017 - 103 comments

It appears that Winston is about to announce the decision of the NZ First party about their coalition partner today. For those who seem to think that coalitions should be formed with rapidity, they simply shouldn’t. That is the path to making stupid decisions, and I am yet to hear a single good reason to do it.

Site down this afternoon

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Date published: 8:30 am, October 19th, 2017 - 51 comments

The site will be down this afternoon for a few hours for scheduled maintenance.

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