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Archive for January, 2020

Open mike 31/01/2020

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, January 31st, 2020 - 114 comments

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Daily review 30/01/2020

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, January 30th, 2020 - 23 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 …

Is National the party of law and order?

Written By: - Date published: 8:26 am, January 30th, 2020 - 38 comments

Following the announcement by the Serious Fraud Office of charges relating to the donation of $100,000 to the National Party Simon Bridges claim of being exonerated appear to be optimistic.

Open mike 30/01/2020

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, January 30th, 2020 - 66 comments

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Daily review 29/01/2020

Written By: - Date published: 5:43 pm, January 29th, 2020 - 7 comments

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SFO files charges in relation to National Party donations

Written By: - Date published: 3:37 pm, January 29th, 2020 - 55 comments

The SFO has confirmed that it has charged four persons with offences relating to the receipt of donations by the National Party.

The Government’s $12 billion infrastructure package

Written By: - Date published: 11:33 am, January 29th, 2020 - 96 comments

The details of the Government’s $12 billion infrastructure announcement have been released. 

Trump’s Middle East peace plan

Written By: - Date published: 10:47 am, January 29th, 2020 - 21 comments

This news shows how strange International Relations has become.  Donald Trump, currently on trial in the Senate for withholding approved funds from the Ukraine in an attempt to get the Ukranian authorities to dig up dirt on his possible opponent Joe Biden, and Benjamin Netanyahu, who has been indicted on charges of bribery, fraud and […]

Open mike 29/01/2020

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, January 29th, 2020 - 35 comments

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Daily review 28/01/2020

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, January 28th, 2020 - 63 comments

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19th September: Talk Like a Pirate Day

Written By: - Date published: 3:36 pm, January 28th, 2020 - 19 comments

Plus we get to choose our government again.

How low will Bridges go?

Written By: - Date published: 11:55 am, January 28th, 2020 - 23 comments

Simon Bridges has wondered out loud if anti semitism stopped the Government from sending a senior representative to a Holocaust memorial in Israel.

Open mike 28/01/2020

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, January 28th, 2020 - 118 comments

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The Fourth Estate struggling in the social media world

Written By: - Date published: 11:51 pm, January 27th, 2020 - 30 comments

Originally posted on Nick Kelly’s blog

Ahead of the 2020 General Election in New Zealand, Labour Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that her party is committed to run factual election and has signed up to a social media tool to help prove it. The 2020 NZ election will be an interesting case study of whether in the social media age there can be honest political debate free of misinformation and manipulation of facts.

Steve Mnuchin, not Greta Thunberg, needs to go back to school

Written By: - Date published: 10:52 am, January 27th, 2020 - 11 comments

US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has attacked Greta Thunberg for not understanding the economics of climate change.  But he has then been roundly criticised by a number of people, including his wife.

Chinese New Year

Written By: - Date published: 9:26 am, January 27th, 2020 - 15 comments

With China’s New Year arriving, and a terrible flu virus struggling to be contained within it at the same time, it’s time to reflect again on China’s future and impact for New Zealand.

Climate change thought experiment

Written By: - Date published: 7:10 am, January 27th, 2020 - 120 comments

What if…

Open mike 27/01/2020

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, January 27th, 2020 - 122 comments

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Constructive Criticism and Team Work In Politics

Written By: - Date published: 1:51 pm, January 26th, 2020 - 34 comments

Team play is more important than ever in politics.

Open mike 26/01/2020

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, January 26th, 2020 - 60 comments

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How To Get There 26/01/20

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, January 26th, 2020 - 39 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 25/01/2020

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, January 25th, 2020 - 132 comments

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Daily review 24/01/2020

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, January 24th, 2020 - 15 comments

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Open mike 24/01/2020

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, January 24th, 2020 - 82 comments

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Daily review 23/01/2020

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, January 23rd, 2020 - 11 comments

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Labour is signing up to Facebook transparency tool

Written By: - Date published: 2:58 pm, January 23rd, 2020 - 68 comments

Jacinda Ardern has announced that Labour will abide by Facebook Ad Library Report rules which allow voters to see where campaigning money is being spent on Facebook ads.   And that it will have its major policies independently costed.

The right is splintering on climate change

Written By: - Date published: 11:30 am, January 23rd, 2020 - 70 comments

The right appears to be splintering on climate change, with former Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull describing Donald Trump as the world’s leading climate change denier.  And locally National MP Andrew Bayley has talked the profound effects of climate change on Antarctica’s ecosystems at the same time as Paula Bennett is attacking educational material designed to make children think about climate change.

RIP Terry Jones

Written By: - Date published: 8:47 am, January 23rd, 2020 - 16 comments

Sad overnight news with the death of Terry Jones being announced.

Open mike 23/01/2020

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, January 23rd, 2020 - 33 comments

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Daily review 22/01/2020

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, January 22nd, 2020 - 9 comments

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Rally Against War on Iran and Iraq – Wellington noon Sat 25 Jan

Written By: - Date published: 12:27 pm, January 22nd, 2020 - 21 comments

Join people from across the globe for this international day of action to show our opposition to any new US war on the people of Iran or Iraq. Our message is simple: * No war on Iran * No war on Iraq * Troops out. More information on Facebook  here.

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