Archive for March, 2017

Daily Review 31/03/2017

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, March 31st, 2017 - 7 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 …

Dirty Politics done in the Netsafe style – part 2

Written By: - Date published: 12:30 pm, March 31st, 2017 - 40 comments

Ok. Round 2. Still no more relevant information from Netsafe.

I’m getting somewhat irritated with them. When exactly are they going to get off their arses and provide the information that we need to make a decision?

RNZ poll of polls

Written By: - Date published: 10:46 am, March 31st, 2017 - 22 comments

RNZ: “Labour and the Green Party have closed the gap slightly on National in the latest Poll of Polls”.

HERALD EXCLUSIVE ON HIT AND RUN shows they haven’t read it

Written By: - Date published: 7:44 am, March 31st, 2017 - 57 comments

Worst piece of “journalism” on Hit and Run so far.

Update: To their credit, as of 11am this piece of nonsense seems to have vanished from The Herald website.

Warnings on Auckland Housing

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, March 31st, 2017 - 60 comments

Warnings on the state of the Auckland housing market are coming thick and fast now. People who bought recently (at the peak of prices and low interest rates) are likely to get burned.

Open Mike 31/03/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, March 31st, 2017 - 70 comments

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Daily Review 30/03/2017

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, March 30th, 2017 - 29 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 …

Former Defence Minister Wayne Mapp: “As a nation we owe it to ourselves to find out”

Written By: - Date published: 12:26 pm, March 30th, 2017 - 45 comments

Mapp: “Part of protecting their reputation is also finding out what happened, particularly if there is an allegation that civilian casualties may have been accidentally caused. In that way we both honour the soldiers, and also demonstrate to the Afghans that we hold ourselves to the highest ideals of respect of life, even in circumstances of military conflict.”

National’s policing problem

Written By: - Date published: 12:09 pm, March 30th, 2017 - 48 comments

National is facing increasing public concern about the ability of the police to do its job properly.

Dirty Politics done in the Netsafe style.

Written By: - Date published: 9:29 am, March 30th, 2017 - 47 comments

I just got sent a notice of complaint from Netsafe under the HDCA (Harmful Digital Communications Act). It appears to me that Netsafe still either hasn’t read the act or that they are cooperating with the perpetrators of Dirty Politics. Either way, I don’t have time to deal with people who don’t put in the information required by the act for me and the unknown author to make a decision. Updated

Brexit begins

Written By: - Date published: 7:04 am, March 30th, 2017 - 81 comments

Here we are then. Article 50 has been invoked, and the 2 year countdown to Brexit begins.

Open Mike 30/03/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, March 30th, 2017 - 25 comments

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Daily Review 29/03/2017

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, March 29th, 2017 - 6 comments

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Trumping Idiocy

Written By: - Date published: 4:59 pm, March 29th, 2017 - 28 comments

If you are absolutely determined to be one of the idiot legion who’re forever squirreling their heads deeper into sand, then don’t read this post.

Caption contest

Written By: - Date published: 3:00 pm, March 29th, 2017 - 46 comments

Keep it seemly …

The 60th Anniversary of the European Union

Written By: - Date published: 2:17 pm, March 29th, 2017 - 3 comments

Last week the main heads of the European Union governments got together to celebrate 60 years since the first declaration in Rome. This is a good time to review if it is still fulfilling its original goals.

Hit and Run developments

Written By: - Date published: 1:19 pm, March 29th, 2017 - 36 comments

It appears that the questioned NZDF attack took place at the location claimed by the force, but hit the villages named by the book (coordinates used by various parties are off by 2km).

Right-wing American stupidity is now a global crisis

Written By: - Date published: 8:04 am, March 29th, 2017 - 47 comments

The Trump regime has begun the process of dismantling environmental protections in America, including those designed to limit carbon emissions / climate change.

Isn’t that convenient

Written By: - Date published: 7:26 am, March 29th, 2017 - 50 comments

A full report into the Havelock North water crisis has been delayed until (surprise!) after the election.

Open Mike 29/03/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, March 29th, 2017 - 36 comments

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Daily Review 28/03/2017

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, March 28th, 2017 - 12 comments

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China is in New Zealand to stay

Written By: - Date published: 1:06 pm, March 28th, 2017 - 39 comments

At a time when the United States is reducing its diplomatic capacity and its willingness to enter into International Treaties New Zealand’s willingness to deal with China places it in an almost unique position in the western world.

Why is National standing Todd Barclay?

Written By: - Date published: 12:10 pm, March 28th, 2017 - 58 comments

Todd Barclay has broken his word and refused to cooperate with the police regarding his behaviour in Clutha-Southland.

Motels are not state houses

Written By: - Date published: 9:22 am, March 28th, 2017 - 39 comments

It’s almost as if deliberately running down state housing stock doesn’t make the need for homes magically go away – who could possibly have predicted that?

Another reason for water pricing

Written By: - Date published: 8:52 am, March 28th, 2017 - 19 comments

The Government will be embarassed by another example of a corporation planning to extract ten billion litres of fresh water a year essentially at no cost which has arisen.

Open Mike 28/03/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, March 28th, 2017 - 90 comments

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Daily Review 27/03/2017

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, March 27th, 2017 - 10 comments

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Down the Gurgler.

Written By: - Date published: 4:18 pm, March 27th, 2017 - 69 comments

Getting sick, tired and angry of this malarkey.

Scots git on Q+A

Written By: - Date published: 2:11 pm, March 27th, 2017 - 12 comments

I went to Q+A yesterday in search of political comment and was astonished to see John McTernan aka “Malcolm Tucker without the charm” given ten minutes to burble. McTernan promotes himself as a former political adviser to Blair and Gillard, but his last real job was chief of staff to Jim Murphy who led the Scottish Labour Party to oblivion in 2015.

Spinoff series – rent week

Written By: - Date published: 12:51 pm, March 27th, 2017 - 58 comments

While much of the coverage of the housing crisis focuses on buyers, the situation facing renters is just as bad. Last week The Spinoff ran an excellent series on renting in NZ: “It’s getting desperate out there”.

What does National do about English?

Written By: - Date published: 8:45 am, March 27th, 2017 - 51 comments

John Key has claimed that the transfer of power from himself to Bill English was flawless and designed to ensure continuation of National’s rule.  Based on the last couple of opinion poll results he should reconsider his optimism.

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