Archive for May, 2016

Daily Review 31/05/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, May 31st, 2016 - 8 comments

Daily review is also your post.  This provides Standarnistas 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 …

Labour Green announcement – working together to change the government

Written By: - Date published: 3:10 pm, May 31st, 2016 - 288 comments

Excellent! A memorandum of understanding – Labour and Greens to work together to change the government.

Labour builds the houses (yet another Key lie)

Written By: - Date published: 2:49 pm, May 31st, 2016 - 19 comments

Good work fact-checking by Geoff Simmons at the Morgan Foundation. Contrary to Key’s lie, Labour builds more houses than National.

America votes for…

Written By: - Date published: 2:26 pm, May 31st, 2016 - 3 comments

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Family or Shopping?

Written By: - Date published: 1:38 pm, May 31st, 2016 - 50 comments

The union movement is petitioning Peter Dunne and Te Ururoa Flavell to put families ahead of shopping and vote to protect Easter Sunday. You can click here to join them.

National party to be banned from future budget lockups

Written By: - Date published: 9:55 am, May 31st, 2016 - 6 comments

After a significant security leak National will be forced to ban itself from future budget lockups.

Fine for fox to guard henhouse – says fox

Written By: - Date published: 9:31 am, May 31st, 2016 - 26 comments

The Nats are happy for the fishing industry to effectively self-monitor, despite the fact that this has already been shown to be massively ineffective. In other news: John Key questioned on National’s closeness to fishing industry.

A scene from the National War Cabinet in September 2014

Written By: - Date published: 8:52 am, May 31st, 2016 - 38 comments

News broke this morning about a major mistake discovered in September 2014 during the height of an election campaign.  But it was hidden from view until now.  It makes you wonder how the news could have been hidden for so long.

Open mike 31/05/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, May 31st, 2016 - 89 comments

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Daily Review 30/05/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, May 30th, 2016 - 14 comments

Daily review is also your post.  This provides Standarnistas 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 …

Watkin on the Nats’ housing blame game

Written By: - Date published: 9:35 am, May 30th, 2016 - 57 comments

Tim Watkin: “What’s clear is that National, as is their well worn tactic, will do its best to ensure the blame gets shared around”.

Housing should not depend on charity – but this is an emergency

Written By: - Date published: 8:15 am, May 30th, 2016 - 43 comments

Bravo to Te Puea Marae and their supporters – you are doing what needs to be done – and you are putting the government to shame.

More Panama papers and other dirty money

Written By: - Date published: 6:38 am, May 30th, 2016 - 143 comments

Both One News and The Herald have pieces this morning highlighting different cases of dirty money being “filtered” through NZ. Panama papers, National donors, SkyCity and more…

Open mike 30/05/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, May 30th, 2016 - 84 comments

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Indigenous Perspectives

Written By: - Date published: 1:55 pm, May 29th, 2016 - 30 comments

“It is possible to live in a society with a world view that does not include empire”

– Winona LaDuke

Time to wake up to the Electricity Authority

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, May 29th, 2016 - 46 comments

The Electricity Authority is planning hearings on proposals that will mean that Rio Tinto will save money on electricity charges but people living in Auckland and Northland will pay more.  Time to make your voices heard.

Auckland’s housing crisis is just like Christchurch’s except …

Written By: - Date published: 8:20 am, May 29th, 2016 - 38 comments

Steven Joyce has claimed that Auckland’s housing crisis is like Christchurch’s.  Has Auckland recently had two disastrous earthquakes?

Open mike 29/05/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, May 29th, 2016 - 75 comments

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Labour should front-foot tax

Written By: - Date published: 12:53 pm, May 28th, 2016 - 167 comments

Good advice for Labour from Standard author Simon Louisson, writing on The Spinoff. Labour should front-foot tax!

Screw democracy – Auckland to get the Canterbury treatment

Written By: - Date published: 7:24 am, May 28th, 2016 - 171 comments

It’s naked panic now. In response to the crisis that isn’t a crisis Key is going to overrule the council that his government created and screw over Auckland democracy just like he screwed over Canterbury. What do you think of that Aucklanders?

Open mike 28/05/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, May 28th, 2016 - 132 comments

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Daily Review 27/05/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:05 pm, May 27th, 2016 - 49 comments

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Housing policy omnishambles

Written By: - Date published: 2:45 pm, May 27th, 2016 - 18 comments

The Nats will pay you $3000 to move to Auckland and $5000 to leave it. This is what happens when you have no vision, no plan, and no NFI what you’re doing.

Trump In, Bern Out, Hillary Home and Hosed?

Written By: - Date published: 11:18 am, May 27th, 2016 - 196 comments

Donald Trump has finally got the last Republican delegates need to secure his candidacy. Bernie Sanders has lost his race (but is being pressured to stand as an independent). Now that the candidates are all but confirmed, the sideshow is over. It’s Clinton vs Drumpf in the most entertaining election in a generation.

The humour and wit of Joanne Hayes

Written By: - Date published: 9:51 am, May 27th, 2016 - 43 comments

Another National Backbencher has shown her prowess with social media.

Key’s powerful speech on the urgent housing crisis

Written By: - Date published: 9:12 am, May 27th, 2016 - 38 comments

John Key has given a powerful speech on NZ’s housing crisis: “This is an issue that should concern all New Zealanders. It threatens a fundamental part of our culture, it threatens our communities and, ultimately, it threatens our economy.”

Budget 2016 – F for Fail

Written By: - Date published: 8:15 am, May 27th, 2016 - 31 comments

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— Deborah Russell

John Key used to be ambitious about dealing with poverty in New Zealand

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, May 27th, 2016 - 23 comments

  1. A read of John Key’s state of the nation speech from 2007 suggests that he was really ambitious to do something for the poor in New Zealand.  And something weird is happening to his speeches on his website.  They are disappearing.

Open mike 27/05/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, May 27th, 2016 - 90 comments

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The Mother Budget

Written By: - Date published: 6:21 pm, May 26th, 2016 - 86 comments

There are budgets and there are budgets. And for all the presence or absence of bright ideas, there’s a budget that threatens to subsume all others…

Daily Review 26/05/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, May 26th, 2016 - 24 comments

Daily review is also your post. This provides Standarnistas 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 …

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