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Archive for May, 2015

Open mike 27/05/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, May 27th, 2015 - 111 comments

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

Effective political communication

Written By: - Date published: 9:13 pm, May 26th, 2015 - 61 comments

Richard Harman concluded his presentation to the recent Fabian “Destination Next Progressive Majority” event by quoting the noted political scientist Bob Chapman’s remark that he had “reluctantly come to the conclusion that it was far more important for a political party to have a communication strategy than an economic policy.” I’m inclined to agree.

Daily Review 26/05/2015

Written By: - Date published: 5:45 pm, May 26th, 2015 - 20 comments

Daily review is also your post. This provides Standarnistas 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.

Fixed Term Parliaments

Written By: - Date published: 4:50 pm, May 26th, 2015 - 25 comments

An argument in favour of New Zealand adopting Fixed Term Parliaments Act legislation.

Government incompetence threatens Relationships Aotearoa

Written By: - Date published: 11:19 am, May 26th, 2015 - 48 comments

Government incompetence, drastic cuts in funding and a refusal to provide a helping hand is likely to cause the closure of Relationships Aotearoa, a charitable entity that has existed in one form or another since 1949.

Campbell on the budget

Written By: - Date published: 9:48 am, May 26th, 2015 - 4 comments

Should have covered this earlier – extracts from Gordon Campbell on the budget.

Roy Morgan for May

Written By: - Date published: 6:31 am, May 26th, 2015 - 470 comments

The Roy Morgan poll out yesterday for May is pretty brutal reading for the left.

Open mike 26/05/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, May 26th, 2015 - 69 comments

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

Political Strategy for a Progressive Majority

Written By: - Date published: 8:53 pm, May 25th, 2015 - 67 comments

Sir Michael Cullen discussed political strategy at the “Destination- Next Progressive Majority” seminars held recently by the Fabian Society in Auckland and Wellington. He started by sharing what he used to say to his students when they were facing a test – “never forget to state the obvious.” For a progressive majority that means “get more votes than the others” – he had some good ideas how.

Daily Review 25/05/2015

Written By: - Date published: 5:31 pm, May 25th, 2015 - 23 comments

Daily review is also your post.  This provides Standarnistas 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.

Is Maurice Williamson jumping ship?

Written By: - Date published: 2:30 pm, May 25th, 2015 - 50 comments

Rumours are surfacing that Maurice Williamson wanted to jump ship to Act but was turned down.

Epsom has its finger on the pulse of the people

Written By: - Date published: 1:13 pm, May 25th, 2015 - 14 comments

So what is important to the people of Epsom? Paul Goldsmith in his Newsletter recently told us what is important to him and suggested what might be important to us.

Mortgagee sales

Written By: - Date published: 10:14 am, May 25th, 2015 - 21 comments

A marked drop in mortgagee sales recently. Good news?

Superannuation and Government forecasts

Written By: - Date published: 9:31 am, May 25th, 2015 - 197 comments

National has again refused to consider doing anything about the future of Superannuation.  Yet its policies of increasing Crown debt, stopping contributions to the Cullen Fund and attacking Kiwisaver have made a discussion about the future of superannuation more important than ever.

Oram on the budget and Treasury fantasies

Written By: - Date published: 7:09 am, May 25th, 2015 - 75 comments

Extracts from Rod Oram’s piece in the SST as posted on Facebook. “What’s missing from [the budget], and the six before, is any glimpse of the world we live in, let alone the political leadership we need to survive and thrive in it.”

Open mike 25/05/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, May 25th, 2015 - 128 comments

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

Ireland votes for same sex marriage

Written By: - Date published: 10:29 am, May 24th, 2015 - 7 comments

Ireland has voted overwhelmingly to legalise same sex marriages.

The media and two child poverty policy releases

Written By: - Date published: 9:24 am, May 24th, 2015 - 60 comments

The media’s handling of Labours Best Start policy announcement in January of last year and its handling of National’s recent budget announcement of a $25 a week increase for beneficiary families provides an interesting contrast.

Owning the news agenda

Written By: - Date published: 8:20 am, May 24th, 2015 - 47 comments

He who pays the piper calls the tune. The killing of Campbell Live is just the latest example.

English not even trying any more

Written By: - Date published: 7:04 am, May 24th, 2015 - 71 comments

Anyone remember departure tax?

Open mike 24/05/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, May 24th, 2015 - 146 comments

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

The Standard’s reputation rises after Judith Collins comments

Written By: - Date published: 4:27 pm, May 23rd, 2015 - 23 comments

The Standard was mentioned on Back Benchers last night by Crusher Collins.  From her comments it looks like we are doing our job properly.

Outflanking Labour on the left

Written By: - Date published: 2:08 pm, May 23rd, 2015 - 154 comments

Aka “swallowing dead rats”. Aka “losing the argument”. Aka shifting the political center – yay!

Smith not even trying any more

Written By: - Date published: 8:50 am, May 23rd, 2015 - 13 comments

Let them eat cake.

Key not even trying any more

Written By: - Date published: 7:38 am, May 23rd, 2015 - 92 comments

Those pesky knuckleheads.

Open mike 23/05/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, May 23rd, 2015 - 140 comments

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Daily Review 22/05/2015

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 pm, May 22nd, 2015 - 14 comments

(Hint above is satire) Daily review is also your post. This provides Standarnistas 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.

NRT: An abuse of the OIA

Written By: - Date published: 6:17 pm, May 22nd, 2015 - 2 comments

No Right Turn points out that the answer given by John Key in response to an Official Information Act request was completely inadequate legally. It doesn’t matter if he was in his guise of the infamous Parnell Pony Puller, or PM as he sometimes likes to call himself. He isn’t allowed to advise Rachael Glucina of the NZ Herald to attack his victim and then hide it behind his official role.

Budget Blues

Written By: - Date published: 4:33 pm, May 22nd, 2015 - 139 comments

Twenty five dollars a week can’t be bad, can it? For families on the breadline, it’s surely better than nothing and every little helps. And when the total spend is $790 million, that’s not peanuts, is it? – even if multiplying $25 up to this total should surely tell just how many qualifying families there […]

I’m done with TV

Written By: - Date published: 3:06 pm, May 22nd, 2015 - 27 comments

Brief reflections on a few decades of TV from an ex watcher.

Weekend social 22/05/2015

Written By: - Date published: 2:45 pm, May 22nd, 2015 - 5 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?

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    2 weeks ago
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  • Today in History: Reagan returns to White House after assassination attempt, tells Americans ‘don...
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    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Collins ‘popped in’ to Anglican church to briefly threaten God before voting
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    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • In which two NZ judges seem to OK torture
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Crusher loses control
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    2 weeks ago
  • Bringing National To Its Knees.
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    2 weeks ago
  • Ardern continues to politicise Covid-19
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    My ThinksBy boonman
    3 weeks ago
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    3 weeks ago
  • How I’m voting in the referenda
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 weeks ago
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  • Managing the Economy
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    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    3 weeks ago
  • Maori better off with Labour
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    3 weeks ago
  • Hard News: Cannabis: legalisation versus decriminalisation
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    3 weeks ago
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    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
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