Archive for February, 2016

Christchurch – 5 years on

Written By: - Date published: 6:03 am, February 22nd, 2016 - 31 comments

The people of Christchurch don’t need any more words about how brave and resilient they are. They need action.

Open Mike 22/02/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, February 22nd, 2016 - 241 comments

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General Lord Dannatt: UK should work with Assad in Syria

Written By: - Date published: 9:32 am, February 21st, 2016 - 88 comments

Russia understands how to defeat ISIS and the UK should be helping not opposing them, says a former UK Army chief of staff.

Homosexual law reform happened 30 years ago

Written By: - Date published: 9:16 am, February 21st, 2016 - 94 comments

Some thoughts on yesterday’s gay pride parade and why National has in the space of 30 years changed from being deeply anti gay rights to being superficially in support.

Cyclone Winston

Written By: - Date published: 9:12 am, February 21st, 2016 - 8 comments

Cyclone Winston is the strongest ever southern hemisphere storm. Fiji has been hit hard.

Open Mike 21/02/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, February 21st, 2016 - 179 comments

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Caption competition

Written By: - Date published: 12:11 pm, February 20th, 2016 - 65 comments

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Another poverty report to ignore

Written By: - Date published: 10:19 am, February 20th, 2016 - 72 comments

Another report on child poverty for the Nats to ignore.

The responses to the Bain report leak

Written By: - Date published: 8:26 am, February 20th, 2016 - 47 comments

A review of some commentary about the leak of information from the Bain compensation claim report includes a comment from David Seymour which is surprisingly good.

NZMWU scores $144,000 win against Talleys

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, February 20th, 2016 - 17 comments

For the Talley family, $144,000 is nothing, but the fine will sting because the Authority has ordered that it be paid to the Meat Workers Union.

Open Mike 20/02/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, February 20th, 2016 - 98 comments

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Roy Morgan: NAT 48.5% (up 1.5%), LAB/GR 41.5% (unch)

Written By: - Date published: 1:37 am, February 20th, 2016 - 391 comments

NZ is heading in the right direction, say 56.5% of NZ electors (down 3%).

Glucina Key #ponygate text revealed

Written By: - Date published: 4:10 pm, February 19th, 2016 - 148 comments

Rachel Glucina’s text to John Key sent just after interviewing Amanda Bailey has been revealed.

The difference between decent folk and complete idiots

Written By: - Date published: 10:17 am, February 19th, 2016 - 34 comments

For a change I’m not going to have a rip at our local idiotic politicians. The most extreme case recently being the now infamous Dildo Baggins. Lets have a look offshore where they are often even worse…

Auckland bus drivers strike

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, February 19th, 2016 - 63 comments

The strike is an escalation of on-going industrial action designed to bring bus company bosses back to the negotiating table with more of a humanitarian, rather than fiscal, attitude to the plight of their workers.

Open Mike 19/02/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, February 19th, 2016 - 124 comments

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A very stupid petulant spoilt child whines again

Written By: - Date published: 4:47 am, February 19th, 2016 - 47 comments

Good news for law abiding bloggers, the foolish Cameron Slater has to find about 8k to pay for his latest legal hiding  by Matthew Blomfield. Whining about these actions to the press like Cameron always does, won’t stop the disciplinary actions. He needs to stop acting like a arsehole blogger.

Daily Review 18/02/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, February 18th, 2016 - 16 comments

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RIP NZ satire

Written By: - Date published: 8:15 am, February 18th, 2016 - 49 comments

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Someone wants to crush Bain’s compensation claim

Written By: - Date published: 7:34 am, February 18th, 2016 - 142 comments

Leaks to the Herald about details from the report investigating the compensation claim by David Bain suggests that the Government is moving to refuse the claim.

Open Mike 18/02/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, February 18th, 2016 - 91 comments

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Back Stabbers

Written By: - Date published: 11:32 pm, February 17th, 2016 - 110 comments

The National Party Caucus is split and divided over John Key’s vanity project, the flag referendum. For the first time, there have been leaks to the media directly from within Team Key. The signs are ominous for the PM.

Daily Review 17/02/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, February 17th, 2016 - 24 comments

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There are people living in cars

Written By: - Date published: 3:33 pm, February 17th, 2016 - 37 comments

Grant Robertson gave an impassioned speech yesterday in Parliament on how poverty in New Zealand is a disgrace.

John Key’s flag – an exercise in optics

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, February 17th, 2016 - 265 comments

What would the adoption of John Key’s flag symbolise? Well, nothing, really.

Open Mike 17/02/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, February 17th, 2016 - 169 comments

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Daily Review 16/02/2016

Written By: - Date published: 5:59 pm, February 16th, 2016 - 69 comments

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This is not the growth you’re looking for

Written By: - Date published: 12:43 pm, February 16th, 2016 - 69 comments

There are different views on The Standard about growth and whether we really need it. But here’s one bit of growth that really seems pointless to me: that achieved only by increasing the number of people. Because if we’re only increasing GDP by increasing the number of people, as we are currently, we’re loading up the environment and we’re not even individually getting any richer for it.  Thanks National.

More blood on its hands as National Ltd™cuts mental health funding in Christchurch

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, February 16th, 2016 - 101 comments

‘ In between slurping simpers during his most recent session of MediaWorks virtual fellatio, John ‘The Liar’ Key managed to express concern for the emotional well being of Cantabrians after yet another earthquake rattled their region. Whether John Key is actually concerned is moot,  but he is certainly in a position to know there is real […]

Common ground at Abel Tasman National Park

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, February 16th, 2016 - 76 comments

The desire of many New Zealanders to put a beach in the South Island under public control presents the opposition parties with a great opportunity to identify and defend common ground.

Petition Peter Dunne to show some sense and some compassion

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, February 16th, 2016 - 30 comments

Helen Kelly is getting the run around from Peter Dunne with her request for permission to use cannabis oil.  The talented Foxy is running a petition.

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