Archive for December, 2019

The power of positive campaigning

Written By: - Date published: 2:42 pm, December 31st, 2019 - 123 comments

With the 2020 election just round the corner and recent complaints about the left’s treatment of the #TurnArdern campaign it is a perfect time to think about the importance of language and positive uplifting campaign themes.

Open mike 31/12/2019

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, December 31st, 2019 - 90 comments

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Bridges and the Robertson trial

Written By: - Date published: 8:53 am, December 30th, 2019 - 22 comments

National has released a video of Simon Bridges talking about the trial he conducted against Tony Robertson and suggesting he is in politics to change the law.  But the particular law he appears to be targeting was unchanged during the term of the last National Government.

Open mike 30/12/2019

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, December 30th, 2019 - 36 comments

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Why the Tories won the UK election?

Written By: - Date published: 2:29 am, December 30th, 2019 - 9 comments

Originally posted on Nick Kelly’s blog 

What if Trump wins again?

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, December 29th, 2019 - 124 comments

We may as well prepare ourselves for Trump overperforming his popularity again and winning. We’ve had to deal with left’s retreat in most of the world in 2019. So let’s prepare and plot some likely accelerated changes in Trump’s second term.

How To Get There 29/12/19

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, December 29th, 2019 - 6 comments

Welcome to TS’s Sunday think piece. It’s a blank sheet, a tabula rasa, waiting for your thoughts on the future and How To Get There.  

Open mike 29/12/2019

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, December 29th, 2019 - 147 comments

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Open mike 28/12/2019

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, December 28th, 2019 - 26 comments

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It Is the Thought That Counts

Written By: - Date published: 12:33 am, December 28th, 2019 - 70 comments

Antagonistic personalities are an obstacle to effective politics tackling major present problems.

Open mike 27/12/2019

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, December 27th, 2019 - 26 comments

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T’was the day of Christmas

Written By: - Date published: 10:37 am, December 26th, 2019 - 13 comments

National’s social media team spent Christmas day deleting tweets suggesting there was any link between its MPs and members of the #turnardern campaign.

Open mike 26/12/2019

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, December 26th, 2019 - 38 comments

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MMP Mark II*

Written By: - Date published: 11:57 pm, December 25th, 2019 - 24 comments

What beats MMP? Open-list proportional representation with a low threshold would be a good option.

Open mike 25/12/2019

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, December 25th, 2019 - 32 comments

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Democratisation by Social Media and the Internet Is Just Meaningless Waffle

Written By: - Date published: 1:35 pm, December 24th, 2019 - 22 comments

Social Media and the Internet are literally in our faces 24/7 but our political engagement is diminishing.

Open mike 24/12/2019

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, December 24th, 2019 - 65 comments

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The future of Capitalism

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, December 23rd, 2019 - 128 comments

2019 has been a remarkable year for those wanting social, economic, and environmental renewal. The level of protest remains high, the idealism as strong as ever, but the ferment is not generating progressive wins, is weakening democratic reflexiveness to challenge, and is weakening pan-national institutions. It’s not that easy to get on the shelves here, […]

Protection from the climate crisis ruled a fundamental human right

Written By: - Date published: 7:10 am, December 23rd, 2019 - 24 comments

In a groundbreaking decision, the Netherlands’ Supreme Court has ruled that the climate crisis is a human rights issue, and “the government must take urgent action on climate change to protect the fundamental rights of its people”.

Open mike 23/12/2019

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, December 23rd, 2019 - 85 comments

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Open mike 22/12/2019

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, December 22nd, 2019 - 91 comments

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How To Get There 22/12/19

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, December 22nd, 2019 - 28 comments

Welcome to TS’s Sunday think piece. It’s a blank sheet, a tabula rasa, waiting for your thoughts on the future and How To Get There.  

What Cheeto, Bojo and Scomo are up to

Written By: - Date published: 3:56 pm, December 21st, 2019 - 76 comments

It has been a tough week for conservative leaders with Trump impeached and the evangelical magazine Christianity Today calling for his resignation, Johnson in the UK announcing voter fraud measures reminiscent of the American deep South, and in Australia Morrison being criticised for missing in action, upstaged by a 13 year old girl and pushing through protection for religious bigotry that Israel Folau would be pleased with. 

Open mike 21/12/2019

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, December 21st, 2019 - 71 comments

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Daily review 20/12/2019

Written By: - Date published: 5:52 pm, December 20th, 2019 - 8 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 …

The British Election result 2019

Written By: - Date published: 11:05 am, December 20th, 2019 - 21 comments

Democracy is a precious thing, and not something that can be taken for granted. Having an electoral system where every vote matters is crucial to creating a decent society. It is time that the UK started seriously debating electoral reform and how to improve its democratic systems.

Rush to Judgment redux

Written By: - Date published: 7:12 am, December 20th, 2019 - 151 comments

Barrister Maria Dew has delivered a strong conclusion in the report concerning allegations of sexual assault by one Labour Party member against another member.  And Paula Bennett has not as yet apologised for her totally unfounded allegations against third parties.

Open mike 20/12/2019

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, December 20th, 2019 - 59 comments

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No Right Turn: Impeached!

Written By: - Date published: 6:03 pm, December 19th, 2019 - 17 comments

The US House of representatives has just voted to impeach Donald Trump.

Daily review 19/12/2019

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, December 19th, 2019 - 40 comments

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Bridges fights losing twitter battle with Nigel Latta

Written By: - Date published: 7:52 am, December 19th, 2019 - 18 comments

Simon Bridges’s twitter account has chosen to celebrate Christmas by engaging in a twitter spat with well known Media personality Nigel Latta.  And has not fared well.

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