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Archive for November, 2017

Social Democracy is still alive

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, November 24th, 2017 - 49 comments

With socialist governments in rapid decline right across the world, and just a very few social democrat governments re-emerging after many years out of power, it’s useful to remind ourselves of what governmental combinations are working well.

The Pike River Supreme Court decision – Helen Kelly would be pleased

Written By: - Date published: 8:41 am, November 24th, 2017 - 19 comments

Helen Kelly blogged four years ago why the deal that allowed Peter Whittall to walk free following the Pike River disaster was unjust and flawed. Yesterday the Supreme Court agreed.

Open Mike 24/11/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, November 24th, 2017 - 97 comments

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Friggit!

Written By: - Date published: 8:01 pm, November 23rd, 2017 - 155 comments

Frigate. Send one. Now.

Daily Review 23/11/2017

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, November 23rd, 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 …

Nett migration – still coming in fast and not going out.

Written By: - Date published: 8:21 am, November 23rd, 2017 - 42 comments

Statistics NZ has released the latest nett  permanent and long term migration figures for the year to date at October 2017.  There is a slight fall from a  few months previously. But it remains a sustained high putting major pressure on infrastructure and resources – especially in Auckland. We need to massively cut any new migration here for years to catch up with the work.

 

Latest Roy Morgan Poll – Labour and Greens surge as National flounders

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, November 23rd, 2017 - 156 comments

The first post election Roy Morgan poll result has been released. Labour and the Greens have surged and National has gone backwards.

Open Mike 23/11/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, November 23rd, 2017 - 138 comments

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Daily Review 22/11/2017

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, November 22nd, 2017 - 78 comments

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Queensland State Election and Coal

Written By: - Date published: 10:22 am, November 22nd, 2017 - 9 comments

The Queensland election is turning into one of those rare and weird ones in which a large-scale environment-versus-economy fight looms largest.

National on the Manus Island crisis

Written By: - Date published: 8:14 am, November 22nd, 2017 - 82 comments

Gerry Brownlee has surfaced on Radio New Zealand to criticise Labour’s handling of the Manus Island refugee issue. But he seems to have forgotten that the proposal offered by Labour is the proposal originally offered by National.

Beyond the steel cage of consumerism

Written By: - Date published: 6:10 am, November 22nd, 2017 - 46 comments

The best state for human nature…

Open Mike 22/11/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, November 22nd, 2017 - 105 comments

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Daily Review 21/11/1027

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, November 21st, 2017 - 11 comments

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Labour accelerates action on Pike River re-entry

Written By: - Date published: 8:31 am, November 21st, 2017 - 182 comments

National is trying to spin that Labour has adopted its position on re-entry of the Pike River mine. But the Pike River families are having nothing of this.

Bourgeoise meth

Written By: - Date published: 7:44 am, November 21st, 2017 - 157 comments

The release of new valuation figures yesterday reinforced how addicted householders are to increasing real estate valuations, no matter what the cost.

Open Mike 21/11/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, November 21st, 2017 - 173 comments

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Daily Review 20/11/2017

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, November 20th, 2017 - 34 comments

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Zimbabwe

Written By: - Date published: 11:37 am, November 20th, 2017 - 24 comments

I suspect I’m in the same boat as most when I say my knowledge of Zimbabwe is neither broad nor particularly deep. But anyway. Here’s some initial thoughts on current developments.

Mugabe hangs on

Written By: - Date published: 10:50 am, November 20th, 2017 - 16 comments

Despite expectations to the contrary Robert Mugabe has refused to resign as leader of Zimbabwe.

The Rugby League World Cup

Written By: - Date published: 8:35 am, November 20th, 2017 - 27 comments

Something slightly different.  Congratulations to the Tongan and Fijian Rugby League teams for playing out of their skins beating the Kiwi league team and for having the most passionate fans.

Open Mike 20/11/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, November 20th, 2017 - 214 comments

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Labour’s home.

Written By: - Date published: 5:06 pm, November 19th, 2017 - 13 comments

Scottish Labour leadership election concludes. And kangaroos.

Heather Du Plessis-Allan wants New Zealand to be more radical

Written By: - Date published: 8:50 am, November 19th, 2017 - 57 comments

Heather Du Plessis-Allan has shown herself to be a radical progressive in her latest Herald column.

The UK Social media political arms race

Written By: - Date published: 7:56 am, November 19th, 2017 - 8 comments

Robert Peston in the Spectator has analysed the social media performance of the two big parties in the United Kingdom and has concluded that Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour had a significant advantage over Theresa May’s conservatives.

Open Mike 19/11/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, November 19th, 2017 - 56 comments

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Ardern’s Manus Island offer

Written By: - Date published: 7:36 am, November 18th, 2017 - 298 comments

The Australian Government has this week been attempting to undermine Jacinda Ardern’s humanitarian request that the refugees on Nauru Island should be treated humanely.

Open Mike 18/11/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, November 18th, 2017 - 134 comments

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Daily Review 17/11/2017

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, November 17th, 2017 - 29 comments

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The Panel – how do I love thee?

Written By: - Date published: 1:23 pm, November 17th, 2017 - 44 comments

RadioNZ seems to be diversifying its pool of political commentators.

To you live, from bed! – Writehanded

Written By: - Date published: 8:47 am, November 17th, 2017 - 1 comment

Writer Sarah Wilson blogged about her experience of the recent Nethui event, looking at Nethui itself, corporate control and the internet, safety for kids, sex worker access to the net, disability access, the importance of digital inclusion and literacy, and the social/cultural consequences of the internet.

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