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Archive for January, 2016

Andrew Little: The working futures plan

Written By: - Date published: 3:02 pm, January 31st, 2016 - 283 comments

The text of Andrew Little’s state of the nation speech delivered this afternoon.

New Day Rising

Written By: - Date published: 12:38 pm, January 31st, 2016 - 80 comments

Goff and Shearer’s disloyal and self serving support for the TPPA has backfired. They’ve shown that the ABC faction are now a spent force and that Andrew Little has the overwhelming support of caucus. The sun has set on the splitters and there is a new day rising.

Postcards from the brighter future

Written By: - Date published: 8:37 am, January 31st, 2016 - 18 comments

Part of an occasional series.

Open mike 31/01/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, January 31st, 2016 - 116 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 …

Andrew Little’s State of the Nation Speech

Written By: - Date published: 2:30 pm, January 30th, 2016 - 241 comments

All good progressives are invited tomorrow afternoon to Albert Park in Auckland to hear Andrew Little’s state of the nation speech. Update: because of possible bad weather the speech will start at 1 pm. Bring an umbrella!

Abattoir Blues

Written By: - Date published: 12:26 pm, January 30th, 2016 - 30 comments

The Sheepgate scandal rolls on. PM John Key has just confirmed we will be celebrating the Saudi Arabian government’s recent execution of 47 political opponents by gifting them a portable abattoir.

Kelly interviewed by Campbell on RNZ Checkpoint

Written By: - Date published: 8:02 am, January 30th, 2016 - 24 comments

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Open mike 30/01/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, January 30th, 2016 - 49 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 29/01/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, January 29th, 2016 - 36 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 contest

Written By: - Date published: 2:40 pm, January 29th, 2016 - 38 comments

Keep it humourous.

Good money after bad into the bottomless pit of charter schools

Written By: - Date published: 10:37 am, January 29th, 2016 - 73 comments

Yesterday the Nats confirmed the closing of a failed Northland charter school. Turns out we’ll be paying an extra $400,000 for the first quarter of this year, even though the school will not open. Brilliant.

Message from Andrew Little about TPPA

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, January 29th, 2016 - 278 comments

The text of an email Andrew Little has sent to members.

National – trying to provoke TPP violence?

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, January 29th, 2016 - 165 comments

The police are “visiting” TPP activists – Key is cynically trying to blow the “law and order” dog whistle. But would he really go so far as to try and provoke open violence for political gain?

Is RBNZ ignoring deflation bogey?

Written By: - Date published: 6:52 am, January 29th, 2016 - 71 comments

Is Reserve Bank Governor Graeme Wheeler so concerned about the bogey of Auckland’s housing bubble that he is underestimating an equally nasty bogey – deflation? Deflation will certainly cure the problem of the property bubble, but that cure will be at a terrible cost.

Open mike 29/01/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, January 29th, 2016 - 52 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 28/01/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, January 28th, 2016 - 70 comments

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Nats split on rail link?

Written By: - Date published: 3:59 pm, January 28th, 2016 - 30 comments

Key and Joyce at loggerheads on funding the City Rail Link?

Robert Reich: Six responses to Bernie Sceptics #FeelTheBern

Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, January 28th, 2016 - 51 comments

Robert Reich debunks six claims on why Bernie Saunders would fail as American President.

Anyone seen the rockstar economy lately?

Written By: - Date published: 10:30 am, January 28th, 2016 - 56 comments

Bill English reviews the economy

Record debt, a higher than expected deficit and a credit rating downgrade on our economic outlook. All thanks to National’s genius economic management!

New Zealand drops down World corruption free index

Written By: - Date published: 8:14 am, January 28th, 2016 - 21 comments

New Zealand used to be rated as the least corrupt country in the world.  Over the past couple of years we have dropped to second and now to fourth.  The cynical way that the Government handles OIA requests is the main reason for this occurring.

Little on TPP: “I don’t support it, we don’t support it”

Written By: - Date published: 6:15 am, January 28th, 2016 - 352 comments

The news that the TPP is likely to cost 5 to 6,000 jobs in NZ seems to have been the last straw.

Open mike 28/01/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, January 28th, 2016 - 65 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 27/01/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, January 27th, 2016 - 19 comments

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Another win for Nicky Hager

Written By: - Date published: 4:26 pm, January 27th, 2016 - 38 comments

“Yesterday, the New Zealand Police informed Nicky Hager through their counsel that they are electing not to appeal the decision of the High Court given in December last year.”

Government U turn on inner city rail link

Written By: - Date published: 12:49 pm, January 27th, 2016 - 40 comments

John Key has announced that National will bring forward funding of Auckland’s inner city rail link.  The decision is welcome but it should have been made years ago.

Voluntary euthanasia

Written By: - Date published: 10:47 am, January 27th, 2016 - 190 comments

Voluntary euthanasia is very much in the news. We have until Feb 1st to make submissions on the Bill currently before Parliament. It’s a very emotive debate, but I think the case for euthanasia choice is clear.

The great big list of John Key’s big fat lies (UPDATED)

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, January 27th, 2016 - 79 comments

How many more lies will John Key tell today in his so-called State of the Nation address? Virtual chocolate fish to whomever guesses the closest number.

Open mike 27/01/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, January 27th, 2016 - 147 comments

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Daily Review 26/01/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, January 26th, 2016 - 26 comments

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TPPA ‘National Interest Analysis’ – get both sides

Written By: - Date published: 1:27 pm, January 26th, 2016 - 86 comments

The Government has released a TPPA ‘National Interest Analysis’. It should be read along with TPP Legal’s extensive analysis of the costs and risks.

Metiria Turei: The state of the Nation

Written By: - Date published: 11:30 am, January 26th, 2016 - 45 comments

Metiria Turei is due to deliver her state of the nation speech today at 12:30 pm.  This post contains links to the livestream of the speech and the speech notes will be added when they are available.  Updated with speech notes.

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