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Archive for September, 2010

Vote fraud fallout

Written By: - Date published: 3:00 pm, September 26th, 2010 - 35 comments

It looks like a Labour candidate may be involved in electoral fraud.

If this is the case the party says it will come down on them hard.

But it may also have to take a look at how local body candidates get on the Labour ticket.

Key and Shirtcliffe conspire against MMP

Written By: - Date published: 1:57 pm, September 26th, 2010 - 62 comments

Leaked notes from a meeting between Peter Shirtcliffe and Wayne Eagleson have revealed backroom dealings to kill off MMP.

We shouldn’t be surprised that the party of big business and the big-business-backed anti-MMP lobby would be colluding.

After all, it’s in all of their interests to take power from the voters and put it back in the hands of the elite.

Super City Picks

Written By: - Date published: 1:46 pm, September 26th, 2010 - 18 comments

Matt McCarten’s website for who to pick for a progressive Super City is finally up.  If you’re in Auckland and haven’t voted yet – make sure to have a look.

200,000 comments

Written By: - Date published: 1:06 pm, September 26th, 2010 - 11 comments

We like to make a big deal over the comments because it is you coming on here, contributing your thoughts and ideas, that make The Standard what it is. Without all of you, it would just be a dozen or so people arguing with themselves/ If we wanted that we could just hang out with the Libertarianz. So, who was comment 200,000? Well…

Time for a new approach

Written By: - Date published: 9:17 am, September 26th, 2010 - 11 comments

On Thursday, the 2010 Organised Crime Assessment for New Zealand was released to the public.

Essentially it told us what we already know; we have a problem, we know what the problem is, and we’re failing to solve it. It is time we approached the problem rationally and responsibly.

Asbestos City

Written By: - Date published: 7:40 am, September 26th, 2010 - 20 comments

In the aftermath of the twin towers, the dust that accompanied their collapse gave rise to a health crisis in the medium/long term that continues to play out to this day.  And given the prevalence of asbestos in Christchurch buildings, it just might be that the earthquake will result in a number of preventable deaths after all…

Open mike 26/09/2010

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, September 26th, 2010 - 95 comments

Open mike is your post. It’s open for discussing topics of interest, making announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. Comment on whatever takes your fancy. The usual good behaviour rules apply (see the link to Policy in the banner). Step right up to the mike…

Dunedin North – David Clark

Written By: - Date published: 8:19 pm, September 25th, 2010 - 20 comments

Long serving Dunedin North MP Pete Hodgson is stepping down at the next election.  The local Labour party today selected their next candidate, the Rev Dr David Clark.

Women majority in Swiss Cabinet

Written By: - Date published: 2:59 pm, September 25th, 2010 - 7 comments

4 out of 7 of Switzerland’s cabinet are now women – a progressive surprise from a conservative country.

“We’re all shades of sheep” – the Calvert interview

Written By: - Date published: 1:28 pm, September 25th, 2010 - 49 comments

Check out Hilary Calvert’s interview in the ODT. It’s, um, extraordinary and hilarious. Calvert can’t remember whether she was ever a member of a different political party, when she first stood for ACT, or whether she has any convictions.

More evidence of the depth of talent in ACT these days.

Digested Read – Spirit Level 4: Other Social Problems

Written By: - Date published: 12:22 pm, September 25th, 2010 - 40 comments

The fourth of 6 in a series summarising the argument of The Spirit Level. This post examines how inequality affects education, social mobility and teenage pregnancies.

Left voting guide to DCC elections

Written By: - Date published: 11:13 am, September 25th, 2010 - 57 comments

A reader has sent us a Lefty’s guide to voting in the Dunedin City Council elections. With the huge numbers of candidates and the relatively small amount of information we get on them, this kind of guide is really useful. If anyone else wants to put together a voting guide for their local bodies we’ll (almost certainly) publish it.

China rising

Written By: - Date published: 9:37 am, September 25th, 2010 - 37 comments

The idea of The Chinese Century has been around for a long time now.  But a couple of articles that caught my eye recently make me think that the start of that century is well and truly upon us.

200,000th comment: who will it be?

Written By: - Date published: 8:07 am, September 25th, 2010 - 41 comments

We’re about to hit 200,000 comments. We’re past 199,700 now and increasing by an average of 250-odd a day. It took 688 days to get to the first 100,000 and just 450 for the next 100,000. The 100,000th comment was good old Felix in fine form. Will you be the 200,000th? We totally meant to arrange a prize. Next time.

Open mike 25/09/2010

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, September 25th, 2010 - 32 comments

Open mike is your post. It’s open for discussing topics of interest, making announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. Comment on whatever takes your fancy. The usual good behaviour rules apply (see the link to Policy in the banner). Step right up to the mike…

Enjoy Dave Kent

Written By: - Date published: 3:28 pm, September 24th, 2010 - 1 comment

You’ve only got a day left to see “Dave Kent, a Listening Eye” at Enjoy Gallery on Cuba Street. If you’ve got the time and are near the place, it’s well worth a look. The exhibition is centred around Dave’s work for Wellington’s Media Collective, a group who worked with unions and community organisations as […]

“My foolish actions 26 years ago”

Written By: - Date published: 3:03 pm, September 24th, 2010 - 35 comments

Rodney Hide and David Garrett would have us believe that Garrett’s downfall is about youthful indiscretions and skeletons in closets. Let’s nip this in the bud straight away. It wasn’t Garrett’s “foolish actions 26 years ago” that sealed his fate, it was the confirmation that even to this day he is still a liar, a criminal and the worst kind of hypocrite.

Re: Chauvel on CERRA

Written By: - Date published: 1:44 pm, September 24th, 2010 - 18 comments

A few days ago Charles Chauvel wrote a piece on Red Alert on why Labour voted for CERRA. I have two big problems with it. 1) Labour may have won concessions that improved CERRA but they didn’t get the key one. 2) There’s a dangerous mindset in the position that Labour had to vote for dictatorship or get pilloried in the media and lose votes.

Digested Read – Spirit Level 3: Trust & Crime

Written By: - Date published: 12:30 pm, September 24th, 2010 - 36 comments

The third of 6 in a series summarising the argument of The Spirit Level. This post examines how inequality affects crime and our attitudes to others.

The bludger paradox

Written By: - Date published: 11:00 am, September 24th, 2010 - 89 comments

So. If you’re too poor to afford house insurance and you’re left homeless by an act of god, the government won’t help you.

But if you’re rich enough to own a farm, then one year you get hit by an act of god, the government will come running to your aid.

The Smiths: Getting it Right

Written By: - Date published: 9:56 am, September 24th, 2010 - 11 comments

Lockwood and Nick did good work yesterday.  So praise where praise is due: Keep it up boys.

Over promise under deliver

Written By: - Date published: 8:22 am, September 24th, 2010 - 22 comments

“I also want to pay a special acknowledgement to my friend and deputy, Bill English.  What a great job he is doing as Finance Minister. He’s delivered two Budgets that have steered New Zealand out of recession and put the economy firmly back on track to grow and create jobs”.  Or has he?…

Pause For Thought # 1

Written By: - Date published: 7:25 am, September 24th, 2010 - 30 comments

The suspension of normal democratic processes in the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquake should be an occasion to pause for thought in the light of likely future events.

Open mike 24/09/2010

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, September 24th, 2010 - 46 comments

Open mike is your post. It’s open for discussing topics of interest, making announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. Comment on whatever takes your fancy. The usual good behaviour rules apply (see the link to Policy in the banner). Step right up to the mike…

Spinning while the economy burns

Written By: - Date published: 1:12 pm, September 23rd, 2010 - 54 comments

The latest GDP figures are awful. the Reserve Bank had predicted 0.9% growth in the June Quarter. It came in at 0.2% – far worse than anyone expected and slower than population growth. The Key Government’s reaction? Deny there’s a problem and spin, spin, spin.

Caption Contest

Written By: - Date published: 11:48 am, September 23rd, 2010 - 31 comments

“All I can say is that in the 22 months that Mr Hide has been a minister in my Government he’s shown very good judgement and he has my full support.” John Key, 17 Sep 2010

Enviro commissioner: end miners’ free-ride in DoC estate

Written By: - Date published: 10:23 am, September 23rd, 2010 - 23 comments

Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Jan Wright has released her Mining the Conservation Estate report. Among other important points,it asks what we asked during the Schedule 4 fight: Why do miners get to mine on conservation estate without paying a lease? No private land owner would give away their land like that.

Key ties himself to Hide

Written By: - Date published: 8:34 am, September 23rd, 2010 - 36 comments

What is John Key thinking?  Why would he tie himself so firmly to the mast of the sinking ship that is Rodney Hide and ACT?

Cosgrove slams McVicar’s role in Garrett affair

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, September 23rd, 2010 - 10 comments

Great video of Clayton Cosgrove getting right stuck into the Sensible Sentencing Trust’s Garth McVicar over his hypocrisy on  David Garrett. Cosgrove’s certainly no bleeding heart liberal so I’d say McVicar’s credibility on law in order is now pretty much shot.

Open mike 23/09/2010

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, September 23rd, 2010 - 66 comments

Open mike is your post. It’s open for discussing topics of interest, making announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. Comment on whatever takes your fancy. The usual good behaviour rules apply (see the link to Policy in the banner). Step right up to the mike…

But will he make the trains run on time?

Written By: - Date published: 9:22 pm, September 22nd, 2010 - 27 comments

Parliament unanimously made Gerry Brownlee dictator. Apparently, this was necessary to save Christchurch. But are Dictator Gerry and Bob ‘the Rebuilder’ (wonder how long it took Kevin Taylor to come up with that one) actually delivering for the people who need it the most? Not if the anger in poor Christchurch suburbs is anything to go by.

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