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What did we want from Marama Davidson?

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, April 10th, 2018 - 68 comments

James Shaw and Marama Davidson, standing together as Green Party co-leaders

While there has been some informed commentary on Marama Davidson’s ascension as co-leader of the Green Party, some of the more right-wing outfits have failed to understand the dynamics within the party right now. What did Marama promise, and what were Greens expecting of her?

Democracy, Faux Democracy and Terror.

Written By: - Date published: 11:27 am, March 19th, 2018 - 37 comments

Facebook, Putin, poisoning and Ghouta have all given fairly extensive media coverage of late. Nothing much on Afrin. Afrin has just fallen to terrorists backed by Turkey.

Update: the photo used for this post is of the The Queer Insurrection and Liberation Army (TQILA), who are part of the International Revolutionary People’s Guerrilla Forces fighting in Syria.

Sanctions. Weapons of War.

Written By: - Date published: 11:50 am, March 18th, 2018 - 53 comments

When elite’s tussle, shouldn’t we look after us and ours?

States United.

Written By: - Date published: 9:44 am, January 20th, 2018 - 12 comments

On how states in conflict, have seemingly and nevertheless, managed to share in the likely or possible creation of one common goal.

You Cowed?

Written By: - Date published: 3:21 pm, January 11th, 2018 - 94 comments

To bleat and wring hands, or to act? Jeez. It’s a difficult one.

Jim Anderton 1938 – 2018

Written By: - Date published: 6:31 am, January 11th, 2018 - 7 comments

Jim Anderton’s funeral is at 2pm today, and will be livestreamed from youtube.

RIP Jim Anderton

Written By: - Date published: 10:50 am, January 7th, 2018 - 67 comments

Jim Anderton has passed away. A politician of passion and principle.

Voltairine de Cleyre

Written By: - Date published: 6:39 am, December 9th, 2017 - 15 comments

When history buries treasures, those treasures don’t have to remain buried.

Introductory ramble to save you Googling me

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 pm, November 29th, 2017 - 24 comments

Hi. I’m Enzo (yes that’s my real name) and I write for The Standard now. Just thought I should introduce myself and tell you a little bit about my background – so hopefully it doesn’t become A THING. No, I have not defended war criminals in Rwanda, secretly taped staff members in an electorate office, […]

Indigenous and green politics require changes in perspectives

Written By: - Date published: 12:17 pm, October 3rd, 2017 - 9 comments

One of our key political challenges now is to broaden the understanding of what matters.

When the Bubble Pops.

Written By: - Date published: 1:57 pm, September 22nd, 2017 - 95 comments

Let’s talk about NZ Labour – hopefully the party that heads up the next government of New Zealand.

I’d say it’s undeniable that there’s a general mood for change in NZ society and that NZ Labour have somewhat ridden on the back of that sentiment.

But does it end well?

Vote for compassion and competence

Written By: - Date published: 9:46 am, September 21st, 2017 - 44 comments

National has created the perception that it is a better manager of Government than Labour and is suggesting that it is more compassionate. Neither claim is true.

Scottish Labour. On the Cusp?

Written By: - Date published: 6:02 pm, August 30th, 2017 - 17 comments

Liberals depart and Liberals tank.

Lefties on The Standard: MMP

Written By: - Date published: 6:30 am, August 20th, 2017 - 116 comments

Another experimental post on The Standard, providing a discussion space for left-wing and progressive people only.

Are Government-business Think Tanks worthwhile?

Written By: - Date published: 12:41 pm, August 17th, 2017 - 7 comments

In America Donald Trump has abandoned business think tanks that he established not that long ago.  During the last Labour Government Helen Clark established the Growth and Innovation Advisory Board with mixed results.  What should a Jacinda Ardern led Labour-Green coalition do?

Metiria for PM

Written By: - Date published: 6:52 am, August 8th, 2017 - 45 comments

Yes. Quite seriously.

Lefties on The Standard

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, August 6th, 2017 - 71 comments

An experimental post on The Standard, providing a discussion space for left-wing people only.

Messages for the Left

Written By: - Date published: 6:59 am, August 6th, 2017 - 106 comments

Kōrero Pono writes about the class divide within the parliamentary Left and the importance of the wider Left’s message in this election.

#LeftwithEnough

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, July 31st, 2017 - 14 comments

Mary St George writes about participatory democracy in this year’s election and the new twitter chat #LeftwithEnough.

The Catholic Church is urging its parishoners to vote

Written By: - Date published: 8:15 am, July 21st, 2017 - 29 comments

The catholic bishops of Aotearoa have released a pamphlet urging parishoners to vote. And apart from conservative positions on euthenasia and drug liberalisation the policies they support have a decidedly progressive bent.

The Game

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, July 9th, 2017 - 80 comments

If a Rugby series was an election campaign.

Bringing Liberalism Down.

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, May 4th, 2017 - 138 comments

It isn’t always wise to tackle an adversary head on and sometimes, with a bit of smarts, two birds can be had with one stone. This post is about halting the march of liberalism and killing the potential of fascism.

Left Rising.

Written By: - Date published: 2:49 pm, April 23rd, 2017 - 49 comments

In something over 24 hours time from now, the results from the first round of the French Presidential elections will be in.

Marama Fox on working with a Labour/Green government

Written By: - Date published: 7:24 am, March 27th, 2017 - 73 comments

Marama Fox opens the way for the Māori Party to work with Labour and the Greens.

Labour: Greens are the first cab off the rank

Written By: - Date published: 7:38 am, March 3rd, 2017 - 19 comments

Andrew Little has confirmed that the Green Party will be first party Labour looks to for a coalition deal after the election.

Working with Helen

Written By: - Date published: 12:34 pm, October 15th, 2016 - 17 comments

I worked with Helen at the CTU for about seven years from 2008.

Helen Kelly: Just plain good

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, October 14th, 2016 - 41 comments

I’m going to miss you, mate.

Don’t despair

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, October 7th, 2016 - 134 comments

It’s year 8 of a National/ACT government and things are looking pretty bleak. And it’s really, really easy to spin down into a spiral of bleakness and anxiety. But we can make it through.

Campaigning South Auckland style

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, October 7th, 2016 - 8 comments

The South has responded to the Matafai West Auckland effort from yesterday. Sua William Sio says that South Auckland is the Gateway to the nation and the land of the young, beautiful and gifted.  Judging by this video he may be right.

Optimism, determination and, above all, unity

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, September 14th, 2016 - 15 comments

At the Guardian, UK Labour MP Rebecca Long-Bailey reflects on the first year of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.

Video: neoliberalism as a colonising project

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, September 9th, 2016 - 29 comments

“If indigenous people were given a space to be able to think about what system would work for them, I don’t think that would look like capitalism” – Kassie Hartendorp speaking at the launch of ESRA last week.

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