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Archive for May, 2017

Stunning nature

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, May 27th, 2017 - 31 comments

Drilling for oil we shouldn’t use, in a place that should remain untouched. Is this really what NZ wants?

Roy Morgan poll (please no not Winston)

Written By: - Date published: 6:47 am, May 27th, 2017 - 61 comments

The chronically erratic Roy Morgan poll is out again, with Nat vs Lab/Green in a dead heat.

Open Mike 27/05/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, May 27th, 2017 - 101 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 26/05/2017

Written By: - Date published: 5:33 pm, May 26th, 2017 - 32 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 …

NRT: A constitutional change

Written By: - Date published: 3:01 pm, May 26th, 2017 - 8 comments

I/S at No Right Turn writes: “The Court has ruled that the High Court was right to declare that National’s 2010 prisoner voting restrictions (the ones which were so shabby and shoddily passed that they brought Parliament into disrepute) were inconsistent with the Bill of Rights Act

Why Islam is incidental.

Written By: - Date published: 12:21 pm, May 26th, 2017 - 133 comments

How (According to The Guardian) a neo-nazi turned Islamist flipped terror narratives upside down.

The Greens respond to the Budget

Written By: - Date published: 10:03 am, May 26th, 2017 - 72 comments

James Shaw on National as the masters of the shell game.

The three big fails in the budget

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, May 26th, 2017 - 72 comments

It was National’s best budget. Which means there are only three critical areas of failure.

Open Mike 26/05/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, May 26th, 2017 - 60 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 25/05/2017

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, May 25th, 2017 - 16 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 …

Budget analysis and reaction – The One Dollar Bill budget

Written By: - Date published: 3:12 pm, May 25th, 2017 - 129 comments

Andrew Little calls it the ‘The One Dollar Bill Budget’, a $1 tax cut for cleaner on minimum wage.

As usual it is the already well off who do the best out of National’s election year tax cut bribe.

The Labour lite budget

Written By: - Date published: 8:31 am, May 25th, 2017 - 25 comments

From pre announced budget initiatives it is clear that today’s budget will provide National the opportunity to announce watered down insipid versions of current Labour Party policies.

Keith Ng’s four tax myths

Written By: - Date published: 7:31 am, May 25th, 2017 - 23 comments

A useful piece from Keith Ng on myths about tax. It’s an extract from The PSA’s “Progressive Thinking: Ten Perspectives on Tax” booklet.

Budget 2017 – general discussion post

Written By: - Date published: 6:04 am, May 25th, 2017 - 20 comments

Budget Day.

Open Mike 25/05/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, May 25th, 2017 - 57 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 24/05/2017

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, May 24th, 2017 - 39 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 …

What Now?

Written By: - Date published: 11:30 am, May 24th, 2017 - 60 comments

Where to from here?

Nat tactics Ngaro and third term arrogance

Written By: - Date published: 10:27 am, May 24th, 2017 - 41 comments

Ngaro has fronted up with another grudging apology. English should have fired him and it speaks volumes of third-term arrogance that he hasn’t.

Tipping vs fair wages

Written By: - Date published: 9:46 am, May 24th, 2017 - 39 comments

I don’t know of a single piece written in support of Bennett’s proposal. She has been in the bubble too long, and lost touch with the values of NZ.

Open Mike 24/05/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, May 24th, 2017 - 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 …

Oh Manchester …

Written By: - Date published: 2:19 pm, May 23rd, 2017 - 242 comments

Terrible news from Manchester where two explosions have killed at least 19 people and injured many more. This post will be updated as more news comes in.

Budget details “leak”

Written By: - Date published: 11:03 am, May 23rd, 2017 - 48 comments

Richard Harman at Politik: A “Families’ Income Package” is likely to be at the core of this week’s Budget. Sources close to the Government have “leaked” details of the Budget to POLITIK.

Stuff – online survey on NZ direction

Written By: - Date published: 10:28 am, May 23rd, 2017 - 10 comments

Stuff is running an online survey – Is New Zealand on the right track?

Geddis on TPP11

Written By: - Date published: 9:46 am, May 23rd, 2017 - 10 comments

Geddis: “So either Bill English was lying to Susie Ferguson on the radio, or his advisors lied to him about what TPP11 will require, or the Crown’s lawyers are lying to the Waitangi Tribunal.”

Strong and Stable – guess National’s campaign slogan!

Written By: - Date published: 8:34 am, May 23rd, 2017 - 36 comments

We’ve had the Brighter Future (it sucks). We’ve had The Cusp of Something Special (it wasn’t). What will National’s soundbite slogan be this time?

$14 billion to meet Paris Agreement targets

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, May 23rd, 2017 - 16 comments

Why isn’t National taking active steps to curb our emissions? We committed to reduce to 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030, instead we are expected to increase. This is a massive failure of vision, commitment, and competence.

Open Mike 23/05/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, May 23rd, 2017 - 185 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 22/05/2017

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

Caption contest

Written By: - Date published: 3:45 pm, May 22nd, 2017 - 32 comments

Pre budget positioning for a government that says it is “doing all it can”

Written By: - Date published: 1:37 pm, May 22nd, 2017 - 10 comments

National does the bare minimum that it thinks it can get away with for those in need. This positioning is just preparing the ground for a budget that does more the same not enough.

No one owns water, apart from corporations who sell it …

Written By: - Date published: 12:43 pm, May 22nd, 2017 - 27 comments

The Herald has reported that ordinary New Zealanders are paying 500 times as much for water as corporations who export it.

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