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Archive for July, 2015

20 years of preferred PM

Written By: - Date published: 12:12 pm, July 27th, 2015 - 68 comments

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Then they came for the Health Boards

Written By: - Date published: 8:26 am, July 27th, 2015 - 79 comments

It appears that the Government has a radical proposal to undermine democratic participation in our Health Boards.  Although the Minister claims not to know about it.

National’s lightweight conference

Written By: - Date published: 6:30 am, July 27th, 2015 - 25 comments

National had a conference in the weekend. They used it to re-announce some Labour policy, but otherwise if you noticed it was probably because of the protest outside.

Open mike 27/07/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, July 27th, 2015 - 153 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 …

Voters want foreign buyer ban – but LAB doesn’t benefit

Written By: - Date published: 7:09 pm, July 26th, 2015 - 118 comments

Most Kiwis back a ban on foreign property buyers but this hasn’t translated into a boost for Labour. Critically, Key’s popularity drops under 40%.

3News Poll: National Lose Lead

Written By: - Date published: 6:55 pm, July 26th, 2015 - 109 comments

The latest 3News/Reid Research poll continues the trend of bad results for National. On these numbers, National are knackered. And, surprise, surprise, Kiwis don’t want non-residents buying up our houses.  Not a great way to finish a conference weekend, is it?

291 workers dead since Pike River: where’s the law we were promised?

Written By: - Date published: 12:02 pm, July 26th, 2015 - 45 comments

National Party delegates were greeted at their conference today by a sea of crosses representing the 291 workers who have died on the job since the Pike River disaster.

National’s week from hell

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, July 26th, 2015 - 43 comments

This was the week from hell for National when they experienced the Serco fiasco, news that they responded to a suggestion they close a failing Charter School by giving it more money, the Judicial spanking of their undermining of the Problem Gambling Foundation and the ruling that their legislation removing the rights of some prisoners to vote was a breach of the country’s human rights.

Paula Bennett feeds raw meat to the base about Social Housing waiting lists

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, July 26th, 2015 - 65 comments

Paula Bennett wants us to believe that people on Housing Corporation’s waiting lists are choosy.

Open mike 26/07/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, July 26th, 2015 - 143 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 …

It’s not just Serco, it’s state operated prisons

Written By: - Date published: 12:14 pm, July 25th, 2015 - 72 comments

Recent focus has been on the tragedy and incompetence of a Serco run private prison. But problems extend further than that, into the entire way NZ views its prison system. We need fundamental penal reform.

Admitting failure on private prisons

Written By: - Date published: 8:45 am, July 25th, 2015 - 32 comments

The Nats have been forced to call in the good old-fashioned state to clear up Serco’s mess.

National’s law ruled a violation of human rights

Written By: - Date published: 7:48 am, July 25th, 2015 - 16 comments

The High Court has ruled that a law passed by National in 2010 is a violation of the Bill of Rights Act. This is a first for NZ, and another “proud” item to add to National’s legacy.

Open mike 25/07/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, July 25th, 2015 - 97 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 …

Daily Review 24/07/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, July 24th, 2015 - 17 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.

Weekend social 24/07/2015

Written By: - Date published: 3:02 pm, July 24th, 2015 - 14 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?

Health and Safety

Written By: - Date published: 2:20 pm, July 24th, 2015 - 2 comments

The CTU’s excellent campaign to get a stronger version of National’s post-Pike River Health and Safety law has produced this excellent video, and you can sign to support Iain Lees-Galloway’s amendments to improve the bill.

Failing Charter School punished by increase in funding

Written By: - Date published: 1:33 pm, July 24th, 2015 - 33 comments

The Friday afternoon bad news dump is on with news that Education Minister was recommended to close a poorly performing charter school.  She has elected not to do so and to instead give the school extra money.

WMBAD: The Auckland Housing Bubble

Written By: - Date published: 11:48 am, July 24th, 2015 - 14 comments

The White Man Behind A Desk is back, with equal opportunity satire and a special message to rich people.

An honest answer in question time

Written By: - Date published: 10:04 am, July 24th, 2015 - 14 comments

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Andrew Little: TPPA no way …

Written By: - Date published: 7:23 am, July 24th, 2015 - 180 comments

Andrew Little has outlined five bottom lines that have to be met before Labour will support the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement.  These include protecting Pharmac, no investor state dispute resolution procedure, New Zealand retains the right to restrict land sales to overseas entities, the Treaty of Waitangi is upheld and there are meaningful gains for farmers in tariff reductions and market access.

John Key explains

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, July 24th, 2015 - 87 comments

John Key on the death at a Serco run prison. Words fail me.

Open mike 24/07/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, July 24th, 2015 - 131 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 …

Daily Review 23/07/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, July 23rd, 2015 - 23 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.

Key out of touch

Written By: - Date published: 12:33 pm, July 23rd, 2015 - 115 comments

The “rags to riches” narrative is changing to “out of touch”.

Serco, Lotu-Iiga and the death of Nick Evans

Written By: - Date published: 9:36 am, July 23rd, 2015 - 69 comments

Nick Evans was alleged to have been dropped from a height while being supervised in a Serco run prison.  He was transferred to another prison and shortly after this died from injuries apparently inflicted from the dropping.  Yet there is no police investigation and Minister in charge Lotu-Iiga says the allegations are “unproven” without making the most basic of inquiries.

ABC: The Lexicon of Labour

Written By: - Date published: 9:10 am, July 23rd, 2015 - 63 comments

In a major shock, it appears veteren socialist Jeremy Corbyn is set to win the leadership of the UK Labour Party. Can his anti-austerity platform lift Labour up following their drubbing at the general Election? And can his ideas impact on our Labour Party here?

So much for the competitive market

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, July 23rd, 2015 - 18 comments

I love how right-wing ideology is just some thing that can be switched on and off at will. Case in point, ownership of state houses…

Open mike 23/07/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, July 23rd, 2015 - 129 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 …

Daily Review 22/07/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, July 22nd, 2015 - 10 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.

Corrections minister in trouble

Written By: - Date published: 3:39 pm, July 22nd, 2015 - 67 comments

Sam Lotu-Iiga appears to have been lying.

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