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A bit about how The Standard works

Written By: - Date published: 12:08 pm, October 27th, 2020 - 16 comments

Mostly about moderation.

Show us the plan Labour

Written By: - Date published: 10:19 am, October 22nd, 2020 - 154 comments

Labour want to govern based in stability for all New Zealanders, but how does that work when your grand narrative has massive plot holes around ending poverty?

Left/Green/Indigenous

Written By: - Date published: 12:32 pm, October 18th, 2020 - 135 comments

What kind of government might New Zealand have?

This should have been the climate election

Written By: - Date published: 10:35 am, October 16th, 2020 - 30 comments

A new Ministry for the Environment report on New Zealand and the climate crisis is sobering. If you haven’t voted, climate is still by far New Zealand’s biggest challenge, and it’s the Greens that have the plan for what to do.

About the Greens…

Written By: - Date published: 11:05 am, October 15th, 2020 - 74 comments

Here’s the thing about the Greens. They want change. They want change more than they want power. I think that they fully understand that we are out of time on climate, poverty, the environment and now is the time to act boldly.

NZ Medical Association drops its opposition to the legalisation of cannabis

Written By: - Date published: 6:05 am, October 13th, 2020 - 38 comments

“So after staunchly opposing the legalisation of cannabis all year NZ Medical Association chair Kate Baddock has issued a statement and apology, in the middle of voting, saying actually the NZMA has “no position regarding the cannabis referendum”” – TVNZ political journalist Benedict Collins

Regenerative economies: $100,000 growing permaculture kale

Written By: - Date published: 6:05 am, October 11th, 2020 - 56 comments

A Thames couple are showing how to make a living from small scale market gardening, and leading the way in regenerative horticulture.

About that wealth tax

Written By: - Date published: 6:05 am, October 10th, 2020 - 301 comments

There are some issues to be ironed out, but this is the only thing I am seeing that attempts to resolve poverty in New Zealand rather than tinkering around the edges.

Is this woman being coerced into unsafe healthcare by the DHB’s handling of covid testing?

Written By: - Date published: 1:21 pm, October 8th, 2020 - 13 comments

Why is the Ministry of Health not stepping in to ensure nationwide standards for covid testing, and ensuring that isolation facilities meet our Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights?

Meanwhile, the climate crisis

Written By: - Date published: 11:56 am, October 4th, 2020 - 44 comments

A large wildfire has destroyed many homes in the village of Ohau in the Mackenzie Country, and hundreds of people have been evacuated.

Trump’s not so bad: the holding our breath edition

Written By: - Date published: 11:17 am, October 4th, 2020 - 79 comments

An occasional series

What forming a Labour/Green government might look like

Written By: - Date published: 11:23 am, September 29th, 2020 - 44 comments

Shaw said that what he is hearing from people is they want Labour to have to talk to someone while in govt and not be able to make decisions by itself.

The question then becomes, how much does the left want Labour to be encouraged greenward and leftward?

Snow storm shout out to the undeserving poor

Written By: - Date published: 10:40 am, September 28th, 2020 - 84 comments

Why does Labour still not have a plan for unwell and disabled people living in poverty?

The Greens on urban farming

Written By: - Date published: 6:05 am, September 24th, 2020 - 25 comments

This is exactly the kind of approach the Green Party would like to encourage – it’s strategic, it’s intergenerational and it recognises the interconnectedness of our people, the environment and local communities.

Last night’s leader debate

Written By: - Date published: 9:21 am, September 23rd, 2020 - 129 comments

The leaders of our both main parties committed to neoliberalism is another kind of brutality that we seem reluctant to address.

Choosing ‘enough’ rather than ‘more’

Written By: - Date published: 6:05 am, September 18th, 2020 - 104 comments

A brief look at steady state economics and the values of enough rather than more.

What is this regenerative agriculture thing anyway?

Written By: - Date published: 11:42 am, September 13th, 2020 - 32 comments

Given the state of New Zealand land and water, changing how we do farming should be a strong political topic for the left this year. The Greens and Greenpeace are campaigning for a shift to regenerative agriculture, so it’s timely to look at what that is.

The Greens sticking to their guns (and their values)

Written By: - Date published: 10:57 am, September 11th, 2020 - 157 comments

The Greens just boldly stepped up their election campaign.

Labour voters, if you could vote to keep the Greens in parliament would you?

Written By: - Date published: 9:13 am, September 10th, 2020 - 116 comments

Choices, choices.

Labour’s two tier welfare plans

Written By: - Date published: 11:17 am, September 5th, 2020 - 74 comments

As the covid crisis deepens Labour appear to be committed to entrenching the underclass and giving a helping hand to the middle class.

Hitting the political spot

Written By: - Date published: 9:20 am, September 3rd, 2020 - 20 comments

Markey accomplished what no Democrat or Republican had ever done: He defeated a Kennedy in Massachusetts.

What are the lessons here for lefties in New Zealand?

What if we had a Policy Costings Unit for all political parties?

Written By: - Date published: 6:10 am, August 21st, 2020 - 22 comments

Surely political parties would welcome support to have their election year promises independently costed?

Yale does socialist medicine with new covid test

Written By: - Date published: 11:07 am, August 20th, 2020 - 15 comments

Yale have developed a covid saliva test that is not only effective but will be intentionally cheap and easily available.

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Written By: - Date published: 5:10 pm, August 14th, 2020 - Comments Off on test post

OK, we can share. pic.twitter.com/yq1VhjOrlU — Reign of the Wokescolds: A Musical in Four Parts ✪ (@TheAlanRichards) September 12, 2020

Should the government replace sex data with gender (identity) data?

Written By: - Date published: 10:07 am, August 11th, 2020 - 110 comments

Stats NZ want to use gender rather than sex as the default for data collection. But they’ve neglected to ask women about that.

James Shaw, comedian

Written By: - Date published: 10:35 am, August 7th, 2020 - 21 comments

A bit of shade, some Dad jokes, and the serious business of what the Greens have done.

The fragility of our food supply

Written By: - Date published: 11:11 am, August 6th, 2020 - 98 comments

As climate, ecological, pandemic and neoliberal pressures put our food security at risk, we can take heart from the many people who have been developing and practicing sustainable and resilient food growing.

The test of MMP

Written By: - Date published: 12:20 pm, August 5th, 2020 - 123 comments

With the left’s political fortunes having changed greatly in the past three years, and with more change on the way, does the left still want MMP?

Reasons to sack a Minister

Written By: - Date published: 12:15 pm, July 22nd, 2020 - 154 comments

Ian Lees Galloway wasn’t sacked for an extra-marital affair. He was sacked because of his abuse of power.

Trump’s not so bad: the disappearing hospital data during a pandemic edition

Written By: - Date published: 1:51 pm, July 18th, 2020 - 48 comments

An occasional series

Chloe Swarbrick should stand strong in Auckland Central

Written By: - Date published: 6:07 am, July 17th, 2020 - 63 comments

Having two strong left wing women standing in an electorate is great for women, the left and New Zealand. It may also help us move away from macho politics towards both/and politics.

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