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Archive for December, 2019

Labour raise the minimum wage

Written By: - Date published: 7:05 am, December 19th, 2019 - 32 comments

“Around a quarter of million workers will be better off next year”

Open mike 19/12/2019

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, December 19th, 2019 - 106 comments

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Daily review 18/12/2019

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, December 18th, 2019 - 78 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 …

Having us squabble over the welfare pie

Written By: - Date published: 10:40 am, December 18th, 2019 - 34 comments

When we hear a supposedly progressive economist talking about elderly people as decrepit, or rendering the elderly poor invisible, it’s time to revisit our moral compass.

Open mike 18/12/2019

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, December 18th, 2019 - 148 comments

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Daily review 17/12/2019

Written By: - Date published: 5:47 pm, December 17th, 2019 - 12 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 …

How to counter angry boomer campaigns

Written By: - Date published: 8:15 am, December 17th, 2019 - 154 comments

The UK election was won not by Russian bots but by older voters with limited technical skills circulating poorly designed ads.  What can be done in New Zealand to counter what is clearly a right wing campaign tactic?

Open mike 17/12/2019

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, December 17th, 2019 - 75 comments

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Daily review 16/12/2019

Written By: - Date published: 6:52 pm, December 16th, 2019 - 31 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 …

Listening to left wing dissent

Written By: - Date published: 7:10 am, December 16th, 2019 - 178 comments

What stands out for me are the voices of the people who are saying actually, there were solid reasons for abandoning Labour, this is why I did. There’s something important here about really listening to dissent and being willing to engage with views that don’t make sense in the context of our own personal ideologies.

Open mike 16/12/2019

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, December 16th, 2019 - 77 comments

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Caption contest

Written By: - Date published: 12:59 pm, December 15th, 2019 - 43 comments

Keep it seemly.

What next after the White Island silence?

Written By: - Date published: 9:22 am, December 15th, 2019 - 60 comments

At 2.11pm on Monday December 16, New Zealanders are being invited to hold a minute’s silence to respect those who have died in the White Island/Whakaari explosion. Once that’s over, it’s time to start turning to what might occur to prevent this kind of disaster happening again.

Open mike 15/12/2019

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, December 15th, 2019 - 69 comments

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How To Get There 15/12/19

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, December 15th, 2019 - 33 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.  

Helen Kelly, together

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, December 14th, 2019 - 5 comments

We need your help to tell Helen’s story to New Zealanders in places and to communities who will otherwise not be reached. Please host a screening during the first two weeks of February, get your people there, and ask them to spread the word wider.

Is it better to deliver in Government or better to shine?

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, December 14th, 2019 - 180 comments

Let’s frame this in leftie terms: can you get in, do grunty policy moves, and stay popular?

Open mike 14/12/2019

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, December 14th, 2019 - 69 comments

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Lefties on The Standard: UK election edition

Written By: - Date published: 7:10 am, December 13th, 2019 - 197 comments

A dedicated post on The Standard providing a discussion space for left-wing people only.

Open mike 13/12/2019

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, December 13th, 2019 - 166 comments

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Daily review 12/12/2019

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, December 12th, 2019 - 63 comments

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Free Broadband

Written By: - Date published: 1:05 pm, December 12th, 2019 - 7 comments

Originally posted on Nick Kelly’s blog

Brexit – sorry its not getting done anytime soon.

Written By: - Date published: 11:23 am, December 12th, 2019 - 5 comments

Can the Conservatives get brexit done by January 31st as they are promising in the election? The short answer is no. The slogan is catchy, and taps into public sentiment. But it is also pure unadulterated bullshit. If the Conservatives do form the next government these words will haunt them, especially Boris Johnson.

The Missing Millions

Written By: - Date published: 11:18 am, December 12th, 2019 - 18 comments

Millions of people and an entire region of the UK left out of polling calculations….

Bouganville and Brexit

Written By: - Date published: 8:19 am, December 12th, 2019 - 2 comments

The island of Bouganville has just had a vote towards independence from Papua New Guinea.  The result has interesting similarities with the Brexit vote.

Thawing after the BRR

Written By: - Date published: 7:10 am, December 12th, 2019 - 27 comments

“The purpose of fiscal policy should be to ensure ongoing wellbeing for all and the health of our environment.”

Open mike 12/12/2019

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, December 12th, 2019 - 94 comments

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Daily review 11/12/2019

Written By: - Date published: 5:55 pm, December 11th, 2019 - 12 comments

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Green Budget win backs public sector leadership on climate change

Written By: - Date published: 2:34 pm, December 11th, 2019 - 9 comments

“We want to make sure hospitals, schools and other public institutions can use energy in a more climate-friendly way, cut emissions, and lower their energy bills.”

Pop Media Bullshit – another example.

Written By: - Date published: 9:24 am, December 11th, 2019 - 10 comments

It’s said that in times of war, the first casualty is truth. Well, since truth is taking such a pummeling these days, it follows that we are at war, no?

Then they came for public art

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, December 11th, 2019 - 6 comments

The conservative leadership in the United States and in Australia are both taking steps to attack the sustainability of public art.  Shame on them.

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