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Daily Review 23/02/2017

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, February 23rd, 2017 - 5 comments

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Just allow more shit – a metaphor for this government

Written By: - Date published: 4:21 pm, February 23rd, 2017 - 125 comments

So National’s great plan for swimmable rivers by 2040 is to allow twice as much shit in them and still call them “swimmable.”

1984

Written By: - Date published: 11:39 am, February 23rd, 2017 - 120 comments

That Orwell was ahead of his time.

English on the Māori seats

Written By: - Date published: 9:17 am, February 23rd, 2017 - 13 comments

Someone should ask English whether he still believes the opinions stated in the press release, and if not, why not?

2017

Written By: - Date published: 7:48 am, February 23rd, 2017 - 130 comments

The left is facing the possiblity of its fourth election loss in a row.  What type of campaign should it run this year to win?

Open Mike 23/02/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, February 23rd, 2017 - 38 comments

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Daily Review 22/02/2017

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, February 22nd, 2017 - 14 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 …

Kaupapa Pākehā

Written By: - Date published: 10:50 am, February 22nd, 2017 - 329 comments

What if we based our politics on relationships not power?

Willie Jackson on democracy

Written By: - Date published: 10:12 am, February 22nd, 2017 - 38 comments

Willie Jackson is using his return to the political spotlight to good effect.

Nick Smith screws up again

Written By: - Date published: 9:21 am, February 22nd, 2017 - 20 comments

We should probably just schedule this as a monthly post.

Jonathan Pie – A Socialist agenda

Written By: - Date published: 8:50 am, February 22nd, 2017 - 3 comments

Jonathan Pie on why being a socialist is actually a good thing.

Open Mike 22/02/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, February 22nd, 2017 - 63 comments

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Win for sanity in Hager vs Westpac

Written By: - Date published: 1:29 pm, February 21st, 2017 - 29 comments

The Privacy Commission issues a ruling that should not have been unnecessary.

Living wage rises to $20.20 an hour

Written By: - Date published: 9:34 am, February 21st, 2017 - 30 comments

The living wage rises, and an odd argument for abolishing the minimum wage.

NRT: Two ideas to get rid of electorate deals

Written By: - Date published: 7:41 am, February 21st, 2017 - 15 comments

Idiot/Savant suggests removing the 5% threshold and introducing preferential voting for electorate seats.

What if anything does Bill English believe in?

Written By: - Date published: 7:05 am, February 21st, 2017 - 71 comments

Can anyone work out what English stands for? His actions and his words are at odds. Vernon Small tries and fails to pin English down on electoral deals, Winston Peters, abolishing the Maori seats, and more.

Open Mike 21/02/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, February 21st, 2017 - 110 comments

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Maryan Street defers to Raymond Huo

Written By: - Date published: 8:43 pm, February 20th, 2017 - 13 comments

For very human reasons former Labour Party President and Labour List MP Maryan Street has confirmed that if Jacinda Ardern wins the Mt Albert by election this weekend she will not seek to return to Parliament via the list.

Rocketwerkz – an enlightened employer

Written By: - Date published: 8:27 pm, February 20th, 2017 - 8 comments

We sometimes give employers a bit of a hard time on this blog, so it’s nice to occasionally celebrate a good one. Dunedin gaming company Rocketwerkz is in the headlines for all the right reasons.

He Kawenata ki Waenga i Te Roopu MANA me Te Paati Māori

Written By: - Date published: 5:51 pm, February 20th, 2017 - 54 comments

The agreement between the Mana Movement and the Māori Party.

Daily Review 20/02/2017

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, February 20th, 2017 - 16 comments

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The Greens in Te Tai Tokerau

Written By: - Date published: 2:13 pm, February 20th, 2017 - 13 comments

Te Tai Tokerau looks to be a hotly contested seat in the 2017 general election, and the Greens are entering the fray there for the first time, with new candidate Godfrey Rudolph.

Māori Mana deal in Te Tai Tokerau

Written By: - Date published: 12:18 pm, February 20th, 2017 - 166 comments

As reported on Stuff: “Hone Harawira gets clear Te Tai Tokerau run for Mana not running against Maori Party in other seats”.

Duncan Webb for Christchurch Central

Written By: - Date published: 9:58 am, February 20th, 2017 - 40 comments

Another strong Labour selection in an interesting electorate.

John Key – Mr 2%

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, February 20th, 2017 - 43 comments

John Key’s support as preferred Prime Minister has plunged in the latest Colmar Brunton poll.  And he has been seen playing sponsored golf for a Japanese businessman with unusual characteristics.

National’s one-trick election pony – the eternal mirage of tax cuts

Written By: - Date published: 7:04 am, February 20th, 2017 - 46 comments

As Finance Minister Bill English effectively ruled out tax cuts, but it’s election year, and so of course the Nats can’t help but trot out their one-trick election pony again.

Open Mike 20/02/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, February 20th, 2017 - 75 comments

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Colmar Brunton poll

Written By: - Date published: 6:20 pm, February 19th, 2017 - 111 comments

1 News: “The gap between National and the centre left block of Labour and the Greens has tightened in the wake of John Key’s departure as leader, according to the first major poll since his shock resignation.”

The Trump bump

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, February 19th, 2017 - 27 comments

This week’s Economist looks at the resurgence in the business of the more effective mainstream media in the US. But the effect reaches all the way over here. Even I’m reading more on a the ongoing debacle that is the incompetent Trump White House. Good reporting and perfect reading for the summer season and I suspect that it is impacting all of the blogs at present.

The Standard Book Club – Small is Beautiful, Economics as if People Mattered

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, February 19th, 2017 - 16 comments

The Standard’s inaugural book club looks at E. F. Schumacher’s sustainability classic.

Open Mike 19/02/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, February 19th, 2017 - 113 comments

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