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Archive for August, 2013

Liar

Written By: - Date published: 6:11 am, August 26th, 2013 - 90 comments

Nearly 60% of New Zealanders think John Key is a liar according to the latest Fairfax-Ipsos poll. That shouldn’t be surprising given the number of times he’s been caught out being less than honest

Open mike 26/08/2013

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, August 26th, 2013 - 168 comments

Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the link to Policy in the banner). Step right up to the mike…

Robertson throws his hat in the ring

Written By: - Date published: 7:34 pm, August 25th, 2013 - 152 comments

For me, Grant Robertson’s move late on Sunday afternoon to declare that he will run for the Labour leadership shows that he has chops as an operator. Likewise, the swiftness with which he moved to hold a press conference after Shearer quit. But is being a good operator enough? Or does Labour need a leader that can communicate a real Labour vision?

Grant Robertson announces his candidacy

Written By: - Date published: 6:45 pm, August 25th, 2013 - 126 comments

Grant RobertsonGrant Robertson is the first Labour MP to announce that he is seeking the leadership of the Labour Party.

Time out

Written By: - Date published: 9:55 am, August 25th, 2013 - 46 comments

I’ll probably be back at some point, hopefully next year, to see Labour under a new leader win the election.

Solidarity forever …

Written By: - Date published: 9:27 am, August 25th, 2013 - 36 comments

Micky Savage crowdLabour activists want a united Labour Caucus that focusses on the issues that matter.  For the sake of the party we need to have a good humored leadership contest and then unity.

1938 15

Written By: - Date published: 8:15 am, August 25th, 2013 - 2 comments

A Sunday feature – each week a random section scanned from a copy of The Standard, September 15th, 1938. Find out more here.

Open mike 25/08/2013

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, August 25th, 2013 - 130 comments

Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the link to Policy in the banner). Step right up to the mike…

Fukushima

Written By: - Date published: 2:37 pm, August 24th, 2013 - 103 comments

Meanwhile back in the real world, the nuclear disaster at Fukushima is creeping back in to the headlines, for all the wrong reasons.

Our Jen on the Nation

Written By: - Date published: 8:35 am, August 24th, 2013 - 37 comments

Standard author and all around good leftie Jenny Michie will be appearing on the Nation this morning to discuss the Labour leadership.

Update: the interview’s not on the web until tomorrow but there are a couple of grabs from it in this story

Poverty Watch 45

Written By: - Date published: 8:14 am, August 24th, 2013 - 20 comments

Welcome to Poverty Watch, a weekly update on National’s lack of response to the urgent and growing issue of poverty in NZ. This week, Auckland’s beggar ban. What sort of country are we?

Deal or no deal?

Written By: - Date published: 6:30 am, August 24th, 2013 - 193 comments

There’s a lot of speculation about whether a deal is being put together to find a single ticket for the Labour leadership, but I don’t think that’s likely at all.

Open mike 24/08/2013

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, August 24th, 2013 - 155 comments

Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the link to Policy in the banner). Step right up to the mike…

Eligibility to vote in Labour’s leadership election process

Written By: - Date published: 5:55 pm, August 23rd, 2013 - 20 comments

Cunliffe Robertson Jones LittleHas your Labour Party membership lapsed because you forgot to pay your membership fee or were upset?  Do not despair.  You may still be able to rejoin and have a vote in the leadership election process if you meet the criteria.

Congrats to Kristine Bartlett & SFWU

Written By: - Date published: 2:42 pm, August 23rd, 2013 - 20 comments

The Employment Court has issued a preliminary ruling on caregivers pay – saying that their pay should be compared to what it would be if their profession was male-dominated, not 92% women. Kristine Bartlett is the test case with more than 20 years’ experience and skills bringing her a $14.32/hr wage.  The Service and Food […]

Weekend social 23/08/2013

Written By: - Date published: 2:00 pm, August 23rd, 2013 - 24 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?

A contest

Written By: - Date published: 1:36 pm, August 23rd, 2013 - 35 comments

There seems to be a desire from political correspondents for a Labour stitch-up.  Vernon Small wonders whether this might cause a revolt from members – and fair enough too, we want our say!

Why I electorate vote Cunliffe: op ed

Written By: - Date published: 12:10 pm, August 23rd, 2013 - 138 comments

I wasn’t going to express my opinion on the upcoming Labour leadership selection process. However, the usual right leaning MSM hacks seem to have been following the current Labour caucus leadership in naming Robertson as the frontrunner. This is my op ed testimony for my frontrunner, the MP for my electorate: Cunliffe.

Losing your job

Written By: - Date published: 11:42 am, August 23rd, 2013 - 73 comments

David Shearer is not the only one to lose his job this month. It’s quite a list, when you add it up…

Choose wisely

Written By: - Date published: 8:33 am, August 23rd, 2013 - 136 comments

I’m sure we’ll be doing comparisons between the candidates for the Labour leadership in the coming days. Any of the really contenders would at least be credible and a credible PM is the thing Labour has been lacking. What I would caution against is listening to Espiner/Garner/Gower fantasy candidate – Jones. Those same guys said ‘choose Shearer’ and Labour listened.

GCSB & TICS

Written By: - Date published: 7:13 am, August 23rd, 2013 - 52 comments

There will be plenty of coverage of the Labour leadership process here on The Standard, I don’t feel any need to contribute. There are too many other important matters that mustn’t fall under the radar. You thought the GCSB spying Bill was bad? The TICS bill is worse.

Open mike 23/08/2013

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, August 23rd, 2013 - 92 comments

Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the link to Policy in the banner). Step right up to the mike…

Time to renew – by midnight

Written By: - Date published: 8:45 pm, August 22nd, 2013 - 42 comments

The word is that the NZ Council decided tonight when they will cut off the memberships which are current for voting in the membership vote on the leadership primaries.

The deadline is at midnight tonight.

Unity and democracy

Written By: - Date published: 6:42 pm, August 22nd, 2013 - 190 comments

With a new leadership race there’s now a real chance to bring the Labour party together to fight the good fight against the right.

No time for experiments

Written By: - Date published: 3:04 pm, August 22nd, 2013 - 158 comments

We all knew David Shearer was a good guy and he’s just proved how good – and noble – a man he is by resigning rather than forcing a messy and protracted leadership coup. Let’s hope that caucus, Labour members and the affiliates will be as clear headed. Now is not the time for another […]

Big announcement at 1:30 … Shearer stands down as leader

Written By: - Date published: 1:30 pm, August 22nd, 2013 - 336 comments

david shearer

It is confirmed that David Shearer has announced that he will stand down as Labour’s leader after a new leader is selected.  The leadership will now be decided under the Party’s constitution.

Collins & Key go head to head over Henry Inquiry

Written By: - Date published: 11:30 am, August 22nd, 2013 - 22 comments

Judith Collins is making a play for support among her fellow National ministers and trying to turn them against Key following Key’s contemptuous attitude to their privacy in the Henry Inquiry. At the Privileges Committee hearing into the Henry Inquiry yesterday, Collins and sidekick Anne Tolley asked why Henry thought he could look at their emails without their permission. Why indeed.

David Bennett’s successor?

Written By: - Date published: 10:39 am, August 22nd, 2013 - 17 comments

Rumour has it that David Bennett has decided to retire at the next election. It’s been made clear to him that he’ll never be allowed anywhere near a ministerial portfolio. Who will take on his role? Well, how about this guy – Mark Sabin – who yesterday told Parliament that, thanks to St Key, New Zealand has the highest growth rate on Earth, when it’s actually 117th?

Disgusting

Written By: - Date published: 9:40 am, August 22nd, 2013 - 110 comments

Chris Finalyson’s contribution to the GCSB debate yesterday was a strong reminder that the job description for National MPs includes a requirement that they be rude and arrogant and a belief that they are somehow superior to the rest of us.Chris Finlayson

Hypocrite

Written By: - Date published: 8:47 am, August 22nd, 2013 - 19 comments

“New Zealanders will not have
confidence in [a …] bill rammed through
by a slender majority without public support
and with the backing of only the bare minimum
of parties necessary to get it through Parliament.”
John Key, 2007.
 
(ht Toby Manhire)

High jump and higher education – the fallacy of continuous improvement

Written By: - Date published: 7:46 am, August 22nd, 2013 - 12 comments

They set targets and you meet those targets, so they raise the targets. You meet them again, so they raise them again. If those targets were high jump bars, everyone watching would know you are going to miss the target at some point. That is not a failure. That is just something that is eventually beyond the very limits of your ability. However, if you are a tertiary education teacher we pretend there is no limit.

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