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Archive for December, 2007

The best of The Standard in 2007

Written By: - Date published: 10:22 am, December 28th, 2007 - 39 comments

As we contemplate a bad year in the polls for Labour, the signs are pointing to National cruising onto victory in 2008. Or are they? Labour’s mistake may have been that it assumed a booming economy would be enough to carry the day, given that its credentials for a social agenda will always leave National […]

Christmas wishes

Written By: - Date published: 11:47 am, December 27th, 2007 - 5 comments

Well I didn’t get my pony but I hope everyone’s Christmas was as enjoyable as mine. I’m just finishing some peanut butter on toast, by my reckoning the first non turkey- or ham-based meal I’ve had in five days. I’m hoping that it won’t trigger some sort of auto immune rejection reaction. Things are likely […]

A New Year’s wish

Written By: - Date published: 7:23 am, December 26th, 2007 - 35 comments

As a kid growing up in the countryside I recall being startled by the realisation that there were people in the world who had never seen a farm animal of any description. How one-dimensional and narrow their view of the world must be, I thought. Another aspect of life in rural New Zealand, which I […]

The Hutch

Written By: - Date published: 9:59 pm, December 23rd, 2007 - 35 comments

One morning last week I stumbled upon TV3’s early morning Sunrise programme. It’s a bright and cheery little show providing an easier alternative to Paul Henry’s more acerbic version on TV One. The breezy presenters occasionally host a couple of people called the ‘All-Stars’ and on this particular morning one of the guests was Mike […]

A photo finish

Written By: - Date published: 4:50 pm, December 21st, 2007 - 45 comments

I have glimpsed the future. I know how Election 08 will play out. It will be a thriller, going down to the wire. The election home straight, like that at Flemington in Melbourne, is a test of champions. In the end it is about class and staying ability. Helen Clark starts the year well off […]

Roy Morgan poll

Written By: - Date published: 12:52 pm, December 21st, 2007 - 10 comments

Here’s the latest Roy Morgan poll. Nothing too unexpected, but interesting to see the Greens and NZ First both over the 5% threshold. I’m off to get drunk. Merry Xmas.

Political intermission

Written By: - Date published: 12:49 pm, December 21st, 2007 - 1 comment

If like me you are thinking “why?” to the issue of attack billboards at the time of year when everyone just wants to escape from work and not even think about politicians then here’s something you might enjoy. From Creature Comforts – a unique perspective on the Christmas season… (includes a pensive turkey who feels […]

John Key hearts Canada

Written By: - Date published: 12:41 pm, December 21st, 2007 - 4 comments

Move over Australia, John Key has a new heart-felt love: Canada. On his recent ‘heartland’ tour to discover what country folk thought, Key said he wanted to hear to the concerns of locals, and let them know who John Key was. Never mind the only ones he could find on his 25 minute stop in […]

Spain bans parents from smacking children

Written By: - Date published: 12:27 pm, December 21st, 2007 - 61 comments

Yesterday we saw a report from Police Deputy Commissioner Rob Pope saying claims that the repeal of section 59 would lead to the prosecution of parents and the removal of children from their homes have been proven wrong. This follows another report which indicates that the law change has not led to a big rise […]

National disses minimum wage

Written By: - Date published: 2:01 pm, December 20th, 2007 - 128 comments

National’s comments on the minimum wage show a party that has no answers on how to close the wage gap with Australia. Just a day after the Government announced plans to increase the minimum wage to $12 next year – an increase of more than 70% since 1999 – John Key’s industrial relations spokesperson Kate […]

National has worst behaved MPs

Written By: - Date published: 12:28 pm, December 20th, 2007 - 18 comments

Trevor Mallard’s had all the press but it’s the National Party MPs who have been battling it out all year for top spot on the “worst behaved MP list”. NZPA reports on Peter Dunne’s annual list: Mr Henare was thrown out of the house five times for his behaviour and had to withdraw and apologise […]

McCready facing 51 fraud charges

Written By: - Date published: 12:17 pm, December 20th, 2007 - 4 comments

Yesterday NZPA reported that Graham McCready – the man who brought a private prosecution against Mallard over his fight with Tau Heare – was himself in court. He’s facing 51 fraud charges from the IRD.

Huckabee’s subliminal Christmas message

Written By: - Date published: 11:30 am, December 20th, 2007 - 10 comments

CNN reports that Republican Mike Huckabee poked fun at critics who said a bookshelf in his new Christmas-themed ad that appeared to highlight the shape of a cross was meant to send a subliminal message. If you’re reading this Santa, please get me an awesome Christmas present. All I’ve ever really wanted is a pony […]

Billboard shambles

Written By: - Date published: 10:16 am, December 20th, 2007 - 51 comments

Here’s some coverage from TV1 last night on what’s looking more and more like a PR disaster for National, Farrar and their wealthy backers. The PM, in good humour, commented: “You’ve got to laugh haven’t you. We have a country with the most amazing liberty and I will defend that to my last breathing moment… […]

Dom Post: “Kill the krill”

Written By: - Date published: 4:51 pm, December 19th, 2007 - 11 comments

Not content to let the media moguls over at The Herald have all the campaigning fun, it was great to finally see The Dom get in on the act this morning – and finally a newspaper campaign that I can get behind myself! This morning’s front page announces the launch of A Dominion Post campaign […]

DPF’s bloody good deal

Written By: - Date published: 4:34 pm, December 19th, 2007 - 94 comments

There’s plenty of comment about Davey’s/National’s Billboards here and at Blogblog so I’ll not bore you with my analysis of these dreadful things. ‘Cos as you know I’m a man who likes to know what things cost. And guess what? I’ve done quite a few billboards and if Dave’s getting them for $7000, then he’s […]

Leadership style & Clinton v Obama

Written By: - Date published: 3:50 pm, December 19th, 2007 - 3 comments

Leadership is a quality that everyone can recognise but a whole suite of academic debate has emerged over its definition. For an example check out these Q&As from the NZ Leadership institute. Here, between the leaders of our two major parties we see the positioning between the experienced Helen Clark, and the untested John Key […]

Same old National

Written By: - Date published: 1:46 pm, December 19th, 2007 - 62 comments

The National Party have reverted to type. They’re back to stoking the politics of fear and division. Anyone who thought that things might be different under Key were today proved wrong when David Farrar, Kiwiblog author and National Party HQ staffer, launched a billboard campaign attacking Helen Clark, Winston Peters and Peter Dunne – likening […]

Electoral Finance Bill passes

Written By: - Date published: 5:25 pm, December 18th, 2007 - 17 comments

PS. If none of this is making sense try lolcats (Wikipedia) or lolnatz (Kiwiblogblog). Also worth noting that Dunne pulled his support at the last minute. His mealy-mouthed speech in which he vainly attempts to justify his fence-sitting is so nonsensical it’s almost worthy of a read.

Dunne folds under pressure

Written By: - Date published: 5:01 pm, December 18th, 2007 - 26 comments

According to reports, Peter Dunne has withdrawn his support for the Electoral Finance Bill at the last minute. Newsroom says: Mr Dunne said over recent weeks it had become clear that many New Zealanders had deep unease about the bill and he had been contacted by hundreds of people. New Zealanders had gone beyond caring […]

Mallard pleads guilty to fighting charge

Written By: - Date published: 4:47 pm, December 18th, 2007 - 6 comments

The Dom reports that: Cabinet minister Trevor Mallard has escaped an assault charge over his altercation with National MP Tau Henare by pleading guilty to the lesser charge of fighting in a public place. Appearing in Wellington District Court this afternoon, the Environment Minister was convicted and agreed to pay $500 to a Salvation Army […]

Possible $1.5b in tax cuts in 2008

Written By: - Date published: 2:55 pm, December 18th, 2007 - 43 comments

From Stuff: Cullen said “uncertainties” still existed, but Treasury had “significantly” lifted its revenue forecasts which meant the $1.5b in tax cuts in addition to more spending could be factored in to the budget. “This figure is very soft as no decisions have been taken on the timing, size, shape or scope of our personal […]

CommitteeCaller.com

Written By: - Date published: 2:07 pm, December 18th, 2007 - Comments Off on CommitteeCaller.com

Here’s a cool idea. From the site: I’ve just finished building CommitteeCaller.com, a site that allows one person to target an entire congressional committee over the phone. The web application utilizes the open source Asterisk PBX system to connect you to every senator or house member on a particular committee. No more digging around the […]

Minimum wage rises good for workers

Written By: - Date published: 1:31 pm, December 18th, 2007 - 43 comments

Reports suggest that the government is set to raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour. Coming toward the start of 2008, this would mark the ninth rise in as many years. When it comes to income, one trick ponies John Key and National would like you to believe that the only thing that counts […]

Progress on new superunion

Written By: - Date published: 11:52 am, December 18th, 2007 - 33 comments

The NZ Herald reports the Service and Food Workers Union, the National Distribution Union and Unite have agreed in principle to merge into a new super-union. The new union will represent some of the lowest paid workers in the country such as cleaners, checkout operators, fast food workers and factory process workers, and encompasses three […]

John Doerr on “Greentech”

Written By: - Date published: 2:37 pm, December 17th, 2007 - 21 comments

Another video from TED: “I don’t think we’re going to make it,” John Doerr proclaims, in an emotional talk about climate change and investment. Spurred on by his daughter, who demanded he fix the mess the world is heading for, he and his partners at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers embarked on a greentech world […]

Entitleme.com – tax comparisons

Written By: - Date published: 1:49 pm, December 17th, 2007 - 6 comments

From the site: “The only two universal truths. Death and Taxes. Entitleme is an effort to deduce an individuals effective tax rate. The difficulty in calculating an effective tax rate stems from defining what is or is not a tax. My current thinking is, “if you don’t pay it you go to jail” it is […]

Polls

Written By: - Date published: 9:36 am, December 17th, 2007 - 92 comments

From The Dom: A One News Colmar Brunton poll last night has National on 54 per cent, 19 points clear of Labour. A Three News TNS poll has National with a slimmer lead – 51 to 36 – but still well ahead. Well I doubt they enjoy being behind but this can hardly be a […]

Renewal, renewal, renewal in Palmy

Written By: - Date published: 10:03 pm, December 16th, 2007 - 22 comments

Today the hotly contested four horse race to become the candidate for Palmerston North (the position being left vacant by the tenth hottest man in NZ – Steve Maharey – can’t remember who ran that poll, a late night TV show no doubt) was won by Iain Lees-Galloway, the Campaigns and Media Advisor for the […]

Don’t panic

Written By: - Date published: 6:19 pm, December 15th, 2007 - 8 comments

A few readers have written in complaining they’re getting a strange message in their browser when they visit the site. Turns out that some versions of Internet Explorer don’t like the way one of our Google videos is embedded. Apparently it’s nothing to worry about (despite the sometimes stern message!) – I’ll see if I […]

Two new faces for Labour line up

Written By: - Date published: 3:47 pm, December 15th, 2007 - 9 comments

Yesterday two more bright young things were confirmed as Labour candidates for the 2008 general election: Kate Sutton in Epsom and Hamish McDouall in Whanganui. Twenty six year old Kate Sutton is already a proven political player – she’s a two term Tamaki Community Board Chair, she’s on the University of Auckland’s ruling council and […]

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