Archive for July, 2015

Whitewash

Written By: - Date published: 9:12 pm, July 31st, 2015 - 55 comments

Astonishing release late on a Friday afternoon (dump time!) that the police will not be pursuing any action against Slater/Ede for hacking Labour’s website. Given a whole year to investigate, they didn’t manage to find out how to spell Nicky Hager or Tim Barnett’s names.

Daily Review 31/07/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, July 31st, 2015 - 31 comments

Daily review is also your post.  This provides Standardistas 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.

Caption competition

Written By: - Date published: 3:16 pm, July 31st, 2015 - 75 comments

blue-key

Malaysia are better negotiators

Written By: - Date published: 1:39 pm, July 31st, 2015 - 46 comments

Looks like (ht Danyl Mclauchlan) Malaysia is smarter than us.

Amnesty International calls for prosecution of Israeli war crimes in Gaza

Written By: - Date published: 12:05 pm, July 31st, 2015 - 13 comments

Amnesty International has release chilling video footage and analysis suggesting the Israeli armed forces committed war crimes against civilians during last year’s assault on Gaza.

All police to carry tasers

Written By: - Date published: 11:08 am, July 31st, 2015 - 100 comments

All frontline police will routinely carry tasers.

Parasite Drive; the NBR Rich List

Written By: - Date published: 10:50 am, July 31st, 2015 - 98 comments

The NBR’s annual list of the one percent is out. No surprises that the growing inequality in New Zealand is working well for the parasites at the top of the hill.

Guest Post: Sneaky and sudden Government move on genetic engineering

Written By: - Date published: 8:31 am, July 31st, 2015 - 166 comments

A guest post on a Government attempt to change the Resource Management Act to prevent local councils from restricting the planting of genetically engineered trees.

Shut up and take your medicine

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, July 31st, 2015 - 26 comments

As commentators and dairy industry insiders warn of TPP disaster, the Nats’ message to we the people is shut up and take our medicine – oh and by the way the price just went up.

Open mike 31/07/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, July 31st, 2015 - 133 comments

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Daily Review 30/07/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:06 pm, July 30th, 2015 - 31 comments

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John Key – Snake Oil Salesman

Written By: - Date published: 12:33 pm, July 30th, 2015 - 42 comments

John Key has tried to suggest that we have nothing to worry about planned changes to Pharmac caused by TPP.  But a recent further release by Wikileaks on the effects of the Trans Pacific Partnership on State Owned Enterprises makes you wonder if the implications of TPP on Pharmac are as limited as he says.

We can do better on health and safety

Written By: - Date published: 9:53 am, July 30th, 2015 - 8 comments

Labour is proposing a set of amendments to fix the Health and Safety Reform Bill. They need the support of Peter Dunne and the Māori Party. Will they do the right thing?

What’s a charter school gotta do?

Written By: - Date published: 9:23 am, July 30th, 2015 - 7 comments

What exactly does a charter school have to do in order to be held accountable?

We’re going to sign a rubbish deal

Written By: - Date published: 8:58 am, July 30th, 2015 - 105 comments

We’re not making progress on dairy in the TPP negotiations, but the smart money reckons we’re going to sign anyway.

Update: Read what a real journalist has to say on the current state of negotiations.

Open mike 30/07/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, July 30th, 2015 - 153 comments

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Daily Review 29/07/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, July 29th, 2015 - 12 comments

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Craig suing Slater – bring popcorn

Written By: - Date published: 3:36 pm, July 29th, 2015 - 138 comments

Colin Craig is suing Cameron Slater and Jordan Williams in defamation.

Updated with booklet.

left wing leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn well ahead

Written By: - Date published: 2:34 pm, July 29th, 2015 - 25 comments

Hard lefty Jeremy Corbyn has a 22 pt lead in the UK Labour leadership race. The Labour Party Blairites are definitely not happy.

Breathless children

Written By: - Date published: 12:39 pm, July 29th, 2015 - 46 comments

Tim Groser has some advice for us on the TPP – “We need adults to do this, not breathless children to run off at the mouth when the deal is not actually finished.”

Jumped tripped or fell

Written By: - Date published: 11:36 am, July 29th, 2015 - 27 comments

mount-eden-interior

Giving away the shop for nothing

Written By: - Date published: 9:29 am, July 29th, 2015 - 144 comments

We are giving away the shop and we don’t know what if anything we will get in terms of dairy access yet. Our negotiators have signaled that they are weak. And even if we get what we want it is probably worth bugger all anyway.

Kia kaha New Zealand First

Written By: - Date published: 9:28 am, July 29th, 2015 - 88 comments

Winston Peters was thrown out of Parliament yesterday and New Zealand First MPs walked out in sympathy for raising points of order following a personal explanation from Anne Tolley where she corrected an answer to a parliamentary question that was clearly wrong.

Open mike 29/07/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, July 29th, 2015 - 88 comments

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Daily Review 28/07/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, July 28th, 2015 - 29 comments

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The great Chinese sharemarket selldown

Written By: - Date published: 11:48 am, July 28th, 2015 - 70 comments

The Chinese Stock market sell off has started again a couple of weeks after rather desperate measure were put in place.  The question has to be what will the Government do now?

What will National give away?

Written By: - Date published: 9:14 am, July 28th, 2015 - 108 comments

Labour has set out its bottom lines for supporting the TPP. My question to National and its supporters – which of Labour’s bottom lines are you prepared to give away, and why?

Update: We can cross off point 1, Key sells out Pharmac.

Internal polling apparently good

Written By: - Date published: 6:57 am, July 28th, 2015 - 233 comments

It’s not a good idea in general to comment on internal polling. But since they were discussed on other blogs yesterday – Labour’s current numbers are looking good.

Open mike 28/07/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, July 28th, 2015 - 145 comments

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Daily Review 27/07/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, July 27th, 2015 - 45 comments

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Oram on the regions

Written By: - Date published: 4:17 pm, July 27th, 2015 - 16 comments

Rod Oram looks at the way the regions are stifled in his Sunday Star Times piece.

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