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Archive for November, 2014

Open mike 26/11/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:49 am, November 26th, 2014 - 156 comments

Open mike is your post. The Standard is not a conspiracy – just a welcome outlet for the expression of views. Leaders that command respect will not be undermined by this. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Step up to the mike …

Key: I’m Lazy, Incompetent

Written By: - Date published: 8:16 pm, November 25th, 2014 - 9 comments

Q&A with our fearless leader on his many reports.

NRT: Abuse of power: The OIA / public records dimension

Written By: - Date published: 4:28 pm, November 25th, 2014 - 13 comments

Jason Ede deleted his personal emails. Some of those emails concerned ministerial business and should therefore are public records. There is a fine of $5000 per email destroyed. Similarly the SIS was illegally refusing media requests that are OIAs.  All as dodgy as hell. Time to charge some people violating public information acts?

Chisholm enquiry whitewash

Written By: - Date published: 2:42 pm, November 25th, 2014 - 7 comments

Just as almost everyone predicted, the enquiry into Collins (dumped today to confuse coverage of the Gwyn enquiry) delivered a nice big bucket of whitewash.

Calls for Key to resign

Written By: - Date published: 2:13 pm, November 25th, 2014 - 161 comments

Calls for Key to resign, so far from Goff, Norman, and Plunket.

Gwyn report

Written By: - Date published: 10:19 am, November 25th, 2014 - 66 comments

The Gwyn report finds that the SIS failed to maintain political neutrality.

What did Key know and when did he know it?

Key will apologise to Slater but not Billingsley or Vance

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, November 25th, 2014 - 21 comments

John Key has apologised to Cameron Slater for releasing an email which details a campaign against a senior Public Servant.

Open mike 25/11/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:30 am, November 25th, 2014 - 221 comments

Open mike is your post.  The Standard is not a conspiracy – just a welcome outlet for the expression of views. Leaders that command respect will not be undermined by this.  The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy).  Step up to the mike …

Gwyn Report to confirm dirty politics

Written By: - Date published: 6:32 pm, November 24th, 2014 - 203 comments

What did Key know and when did he know it?

Polity: New Labour lineup: 8/10

Written By: - Date published: 12:53 pm, November 24th, 2014 - 21 comments

Rob Salmond has a look at the new Labour lineup. “…a consistent display of clarity and unity and being on New Zealanders’ side is what is needed from Labour right now”. Gives it an 8 out of 10

Little announces Labour’s new front bench

Written By: - Date published: 11:09 am, November 24th, 2014 - 170 comments

Andrew Little has announced Labour’s new lineup.

National identity

Written By: - Date published: 9:52 am, November 24th, 2014 - 49 comments

A recent report from the Waitangi Tribunal questions the “constitutional” foundation of NZ and challenges the received wisdom of our history.

Open mike 24/11/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:35 am, November 24th, 2014 - 225 comments

Open mike is your post.  The Standard is not a conspiracy – just a welcome outlet for the expression of views. Leaders that command respect will not be undermined by this.  The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy).  Step up to the mike …

Oh dear – National’s “white elephant” is still growing?

Written By: - Date published: 4:56 pm, November 23rd, 2014 - 44 comments

Public transport traffic in Auckland keeps growing by large 7.7% per year. Car traffic despite all of the motorway and roading improvements grew by just 2.3% in the whole period of 2006 and 2013 amongst commuters. But our current idiotic National transport minister wants  more roads? And won’t let Aucklanders decide what they should do despite them voting with their AT Hop cards.

Tip of the iceberg

Written By: - Date published: 9:39 am, November 23rd, 2014 - 99 comments

Looks like exploiting petrol station workers by docking their pay for circumstances beyond their control was just the tip of the iceberg of this kind of behaviour.

Open mike 23/11/2014

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, November 23rd, 2014 - 364 comments

Open mike is your post.  The Standard is not a conspiracy – just a welcome outlet for the expression of views. Leaders that command respect will not be undermined by this.  The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy).  Step up to the mike …

Key in for the long term?

Written By: - Date published: 10:33 pm, November 22nd, 2014 - 38 comments

John Key’s election as chair of the International Democratic Union is significant. Key succeeds John Howard who has led the IDU for the past 12 years. Key’s acceptance signals that like  four-time winner Howard, Key plans a long career as Prime Minister of New Zealand. This news should be a wake-up call for the Labour Party’s review of its election organisation and party structure.

End of the Internet Party?

Written By: - Date published: 11:21 am, November 22nd, 2014 - 192 comments

Laila Harre has quit – end of the line for the Internet Party?

’81: knowing your position

Written By: - Date published: 9:21 am, November 22nd, 2014 - 103 comments

Andrea Vance has written an informative article about Andrew Little.  In it, among other things, we learn that Little remembers exactly which side he was on during the 1981 Springbok rugby tour.

Open mike 22/11/2014

Written By: - Date published: 7:10 am, November 22nd, 2014 - 358 comments

Open mike is your post.  The Standard is not a conspiracy – just a welcome outlet for the expression of views. Leaders that command respect will not be undermined by this.  The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy).  Step up to the mike …

Clarke and Dawe: G20 Growth

Written By: - Date published: 2:41 pm, November 21st, 2014 - 4 comments

The excellent Clarke and Dawe on the G20 and growth.

Weekend social 21/11/2014

Written By: - Date published: 2:26 pm, November 21st, 2014 - 54 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?

Polity: Income mobility

Written By: - Date published: 12:43 pm, November 21st, 2014 - 17 comments

David Farrar seldom seems to actually read the reports fully before he starts inventing meaningless canards. A theoretical equality of opportunity is irrelevant when your parent’s lack of disposable income is the major determinant of your own education and opportunities. We waste the opportunities from peoples abilities because of income inequalities.

Children’s Plea

Written By: - Date published: 10:11 am, November 21st, 2014 - 24 comments

We all know that Child Poverty is one of New Zealand’s major problems. In an attempt to finally get a response from the National government to the problem ex-Family Court judge Graeme MacCormick has issued a “Children’s Plea” to get the government to do something serious in their next budget. You can sign it here. […]

Who needs $4.8 billion anyway

Written By: - Date published: 7:15 am, November 21st, 2014 - 106 comments

Yesterday a report from the NZ Super Fund (the Cullen fund) provided further evidence of National’s economic “genius”. We could have used the $4.8 billion that they just chucked away.

Open mike 21/11/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:35 am, November 21st, 2014 - 95 comments

Open mike is your post.  The Standard is not a conspiracy – just a welcome outlet for the expression of views. Leaders that command respect will not be undermined by this.  The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy).  Step up to the mike …

Interwebbing

Written By: - Date published: 11:04 pm, November 20th, 2014 - 8 comments

I was just having a look through the connections between this site and others (and contemplating how to increase it). I thought others might also be interested.

NRT: Policy of fear

Written By: - Date published: 3:58 pm, November 20th, 2014 - 17 comments

Community groups have a vital role in New Zealand. They speak on social problems such as poverty, mental illness and addiction. They also often have a direct role in fixing them via government funding. The tension between those two roles is one that National is ruthlessly exploiting to stifle dissent.

#JohnKeyHistory

Written By: - Date published: 12:47 pm, November 20th, 2014 - 99 comments

Apparently the New Zealand Wars were just another Rugby analogy to John Key.

One law for the rich

Written By: - Date published: 9:10 am, November 20th, 2014 - 77 comments

And, as ever, one for the poor.

Andrew Little should…

Written By: - Date published: 8:48 am, November 20th, 2014 - 217 comments

All the usual suspects are lining up to give advice to new Labor leader Andrew Little. Why shouldn’t we have a go?

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