Archive for March, 2016

Republican circus

Written By: - Date published: 8:34 am, March 26th, 2016 - 50 comments

And now we have accusations of a sex scandal. Stick a fork in the Republicans, they are done.

Labour’s Ten Big Ideas

Written By: - Date published: 7:32 am, March 26th, 2016 - 167 comments

National’s only idea this term has just been shot down by the public. Meanwhile Labour has been thinking about the future and the issues that confront NZ.

Open mike 26/03/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, March 26th, 2016 - 42 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 time to reform Fonterra

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, March 25th, 2016 - 49 comments

Fonterra was formed to give New Zealand an economic advantage.  Instead it is looking like the country’s biggest achilles heel.  Time to reform?

What the flag vote means

Written By: - Date published: 8:21 am, March 25th, 2016 - 105 comments

Here are some reckons, for what they’re worth.

Open mike 25/03/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, March 25th, 2016 - 136 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 …

Meet the new flag…

Written By: - Date published: 6:50 pm, March 24th, 2016 - 238 comments

… same as the old flag.

Key didn’t take the country with him.

Now let’s get back to the real issues.

Nat MP runs over TPP protester’s foot

Written By: - Date published: 4:04 pm, March 24th, 2016 - 82 comments

Nat MP Chester Borrows has injured a TPP protester with his car. Not the first time this sort of thing has happened.

Rentier capitalism

Written By: - Date published: 11:01 am, March 24th, 2016 - 46 comments

Tautoko Murray Edmonds’ comment yesterday on this Michael Hudson interview This is an absolutely brilliant discussion of what contemporary economic theory SHOULD be all about, and why it is not (the main reason being that classical economic theory of the type that Key believes in, serves the 1% at the expense of the 99%). It […]

Flag distraction result today

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, March 24th, 2016 - 133 comments

Bragging rights I guess to whomever best predicts the outcome.

The media treatment of Labour’s UBI discussion paper

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, March 24th, 2016 - 142 comments

John Key and an array of National sock puppets have misrepresented Labour’s UBI proposal as party policy and as being very expensive when it is not party policy and when a variety of different potential forms have been raised for discussion.

Open mike 24/03/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, March 24th, 2016 - 78 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 13/03/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, March 23rd, 2016 - 40 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 …

Future of Work Conference

Written By: - Date published: 3:05 pm, March 23rd, 2016 - 68 comments

Labour’s Future of Work Conference is under way. There is a page with information and live stream here.

Looking to the future – planning to adapt and protect people – this is work a government should be doing. In this case, a government in waiting…

Why are we paying Key’s legal expenses for him?

Written By: - Date published: 8:27 am, March 23rd, 2016 - 81 comments

Key backed down on using taxpayer money for his payout to Ambrose – but he is still using it to cover his legal expenses in the case. Why?

Brussels attack

Written By: - Date published: 8:08 am, March 23rd, 2016 - 55 comments

Isis has claimed responsibility for the horrific attacks in Brussels that left 34 dead.

Open mike 23/03/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, March 23rd, 2016 - 201 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 22/03/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, March 22nd, 2016 - 19 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 …

House Tales.

Written By: - Date published: 3:01 pm, March 22nd, 2016 - 32 comments

If ‘home is where the heart is’ then what’s the story when everything’s heartless?

New Gov. General – Dame Patsy Reddy

Written By: - Date published: 2:31 pm, March 22nd, 2016 - 32 comments

Key has appointed a new Governor General, Dame Patsy Reddy.

Teapot tapes – Key backs down over Parliamentary Services payment

Written By: - Date published: 2:08 pm, March 22nd, 2016 - 66 comments

John Key’s office has announced that he will now pay the agreed damages from private sources.

Which hat John?

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, March 22nd, 2016 - 42 comments

The teapot payout shows that, while Key is keen on distinguishing between his various hats when he’s trying to dodge responsibility, he is just as keen on ignoring the differences if it lets him dip into public money.

Open mike 22/03/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, March 22nd, 2016 - 186 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 …

Glasses and Brick Walls (& woods and trees).

Written By: - Date published: 9:41 pm, March 21st, 2016 - 47 comments

The thing about not having great sight is that sometimes you don’t really see things coming.

Exclusive: Tea Pot Tapes released

Written By: - Date published: 9:40 pm, March 21st, 2016 - 27 comments

Now that the Key tea pot tapes defamation case has been settled and John Key has accepted that Bradley Ambrose accidentally recorded the content of Key’s discussion with John Banks the original tape can now be released …

Daily Review 21/03/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, March 21st, 2016 - 27 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 settles Ambrose defamation case – with public money

Written By: - Date published: 2:21 pm, March 21st, 2016 - 68 comments

Key has made a payout in the Bradley Ambrose defamation case over the “teapot tapes”.

Here we go again – from leaky homes to porous pipes

Written By: - Date published: 12:32 pm, March 21st, 2016 - 24 comments

As if leaky buildings was not enough, New Zealand’s lax standards and lack of inspection may be contributing to new problems in the Building Industry.

Don’t extend polluting Huntly power station!

Written By: - Date published: 11:09 am, March 21st, 2016 - 134 comments

Power companies are trying to back out of the previously announced commitment to shut down the fossil fueled power plants at Huntly.

Putin’s “surprise” partial withdrawal from Syria

Written By: - Date published: 9:39 am, March 21st, 2016 - 86 comments

Russia is pulling out a large part of its forces in Syria. Is this a sign of Putin’s success – or a retreat that gives evidence to Putin and Russia’s weakness?

Greenpeace action – live

Written By: - Date published: 9:11 am, March 21st, 2016 - 17 comments

Greenpeace: We are live at the oil industry conference in Auckland. Through non-violent peaceful civil disobedience, we intend to send the strongest message we can that New Zealand must join the global fight to quit oil and meet the greatest challenge of our time – climate change.

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