Written By: - Date published: 2:12 pm, February 22nd, 2020 - 11 comments
If major Democratic Party donors and ‘big business’ lobbyists wanted to monkeywrench democracy in the US, then here’s how they could go about it.
Written By: - Date published: 8:03 am, February 20th, 2020 - 54 comments
National has absolutely nothing to worry about the prosecution of four people for carving up a donation to the National Party.
Written By: - Date published: 7:19 am, February 19th, 2020 - 25 comments
National’s recent donations returns suggest that a large total of their donations are made in the under $15,000 category, the benefit of which is that the donor’s identity does not have to be disclosed. Update: The four accused have been named.
Written By: - Date published: 7:25 am, February 18th, 2020 - 45 comments
The SFO charges laid in the District Court reveal that it investigated not one but two dodgy $100,000 donations to National.
Written By: - Date published: 7:35 am, February 11th, 2020 - 59 comments
David Farrar has called for the suspension of Winston Peters from Cabinet for reasons which would also justify the suspension of Simon Bridges from the National Party.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Written By: - Date published: 6:55 am, December 11th, 2019 - 75 comments
Two recent National advertisements involving drastically inaccurate graphics have attracted attention. And at the same time National is opposing changes to the Electoral Law that would extend the time that it is an offence to publish a false and misleading advertisement during an election period.
Written By: - Date published: 9:16 am, November 25th, 2019 - 95 comments
Stuff have released their latest YouGov political poll. It’s a shocker for the Tories and their current leader Simon Bridges.
Written By: - Date published: 12:23 pm, November 20th, 2019 - 74 comments
Simon Bridges has accused NZ First of engaging in the most significant breach of electoral law in New Zealand’s history. But has not ruled out working with NZ First in the future. And has forgotten about National’s neat partition of a $100,000 donation to hide it from the authorities.
Written By: - Date published: 1:32 pm, November 16th, 2019 - 50 comments
The referendums on two contentious issues could cloud and crowd out the General Election.
Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, October 11th, 2019 - 120 comments
Chris Luxon has announced he will be seeking National’s nomination for the Botany seat next year. john Key is pleased. But Jami Lee-Ross is not … Update: Nor is Matthew Hooton …
Written By: - Date published: 8:13 am, September 16th, 2019 - 91 comments
Some suggestions on how Labour can retain power at the next election.
Written By: - Date published: 10:34 am, February 12th, 2019 - 130 comments
So, it turns out Simon’s a dud. What do the Tories do about it? And can Judith Collins really make a difference?
Written By: - Date published: 10:04 am, November 1st, 2018 - 149 comments
It’s conference time! The NZ Labour party is into it’s second century and into Government. What can we expect from this weekend’s hui in Dunedin and what policies and positions do Standard readers think need to be pushed?
Written By: - Date published: 7:20 pm, August 20th, 2018 - 139 comments
What’s the point of the Green party? Do we really need them? Really?
Written By: - Date published: 1:10 pm, July 15th, 2018 - 68 comments
Peter Dunne has some sage advice for National; phone a friend. If you can find one.
Written By: - Date published: 1:20 pm, March 7th, 2018 - 32 comments
Don’t hold your breath for recommendations of radical tax reform from the Tax Working Group. Chair Sir Michael Cullen says the 2020 election will be a referendum on tax and he is already kicking for touch