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The great Taxpayers Union fraud and corruption discovery

Written By: - Date published: 10:39 am, January 11th, 2017 - 113 comments

The Taxpayer’s Union has shown a concerning inability to comprehend in its criticism of MFAT for supporting an aid initiative to address malnutrition in Africa.

Refining that dog whistle

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, January 10th, 2017 - 71 comments

Bill English has used a proposal for timing of his Waitangi speech to wrongly claim that he is being silenced.  And most of the media bought it.

Wikileaks unravels

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, January 8th, 2017 - 222 comments

In the space of a day Wikileaks managed to complain about another entity leaking information, threaten to dox pretty well every reporter, delete the tweet and then sound like Donald Trump.

The St Johns Industrial Dispute – #HealthyAmbosSaveLives

Written By: - Date published: 10:43 am, January 7th, 2017 - 51 comments

St Johns is one of the first organisations to use new Industrial powers brought in by the Government and is attempting to refuse to negotiate with First Union and is docking workers pay for wearing a campaign t-shirt.

The Centrelink fiasco

Written By: - Date published: 11:07 am, January 6th, 2017 - 29 comments

In Australia the Turnbull Government is implementing a policy that will demand in 12 months at least 200,000 Australians repay benefits they were entitled to because of faulty data mapping.

Some lighthearted banter

Written By: - Date published: 11:03 am, January 5th, 2017 - 154 comments

Peter Leitch has hired Michelle Boag to deal with publicity issues caused by his comment that Waiheke is a white man’s island.  She has not helped.

The return of Kim Dotcom and the Internet Party and the NZ journalist seeking asylum in Russia

Written By: - Date published: 9:34 am, January 2nd, 2017 - 369 comments

In strange news Kim Dotcom is talking about resurrecting the Internet Party and claims have been made that a New Zealand journalist is seeking asylum in Russia. Update: I am satisfied the application is for real.

The Standard’s ten most popular posts of 2016

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, December 31st, 2016 - 8 comments

The Standard’s ten most popular posts of 2016.

Pauline Hanson declares jihad on Vegemite

Written By: - Date published: 12:59 pm, December 27th, 2016 - 37 comments

Pauline Hanson is upset that vegemite has achieved Halaal status.

Facebook, fake news and Donald Trump’s election

Written By: - Date published: 9:33 am, December 26th, 2016 - 72 comments

Donald Trump’s success in the recent Presidential Election may have had a lot to do with very judicious use of targeted Facebook advertising and the proliferation of fake news stories.

Well done Murray McCully

Written By: - Date published: 7:48 pm, December 24th, 2016 - 286 comments

Murray McCully has had New Zealand co sponsor a successful Security Council resolution condemning Israel for violating International Law through its resettlement policy.

Steven Joyce rewrites history

Written By: - Date published: 8:53 am, December 20th, 2016 - 62 comments

Steven Joyce believes that doing something is the same as not doing something.

I agree with Josie Pagani, mostly

Written By: - Date published: 10:19 am, December 9th, 2016 - 36 comments

Josie Pagani has criticised her friend Nick Leggett for switching to National and not sticking to his principles.

John Key’s legacy

Written By: - Date published: 8:34 am, December 6th, 2016 - 224 comments

What is John Key’s legacy?  Rampant Crown debt, child poverty, homelessness, climate change, dirty politics …

The many and varied thoughts of John Key on the Mt Roskill By election

Written By: - Date published: 9:17 am, December 5th, 2016 - 26 comments

An analysis of things that John Key said about the Mt Roskill shows a series of contradictory positions were taken at various times of the campaign.

Clearing the decks

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, December 1st, 2016 - 127 comments

National is readying itself for the next election by getting rid of some MPs.  And Nick Leggett has finally disclosed his true political colours.

Everybody wants a recount

Written By: - Date published: 8:38 am, November 29th, 2016 - 100 comments

US President elect Donald Trump has expressed support for a widespread investigation of America’s electoral system

#Horseshoegate – have you seen these alleged horse shoe throwers?

Written By: - Date published: 11:30 am, November 28th, 2016 - 13 comments

Radio Tarana has offered a reward for information regarding the Mt Roskill horse shoe thrower.

America’s broken democratic system

Written By: - Date published: 9:20 am, November 27th, 2016 - 91 comments

Through partisan control of the electoral system and continuing attempts to suppress votes America’s electoral system is in clear need of an overhaul.

National plans to sell Housing Corp home Key grew up in

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, November 25th, 2016 - 39 comments

John Key, the state house tenant turned good who has relied heavily on his humble upbringing is overseeing the sale of the state house he grew up in.

Has Key abandoned Parmar in the Mt Roskill by election?

Written By: - Date published: 9:49 am, November 23rd, 2016 - 48 comments

As National’s Mt Roskill by election campaign starts to implode John Key’s absence is becoming very noticeable.

Brownlee should stop vilifying scientists

Written By: - Date published: 7:53 am, November 22nd, 2016 - 21 comments

Gerry Brownlee has attacked a public servant firstly for not approached the Government for increased Geonet monitoring and then for raising the issue but not telling him personally.

Brownlee bullies GNS staff

Written By: - Date published: 10:15 am, November 21st, 2016 - 49 comments

Gerry Brownlee has chosen to respond to the cautious words of a public servant by publicly attacking him.

National tries to have it both ways

Written By: - Date published: 8:31 am, November 19th, 2016 - 51 comments

Despite the Kaikoura earthquakes, the damage to the Capital and the fact the EQC fund is now in deficit, the Government is still holding out the possibility of tax cuts in election year.

Beware of Spin Doctors and Spin Professors

Written By: - Date published: 9:01 am, November 13th, 2016 - 97 comments

On the same day that the pollsters in the world’s most advanced democracy were shown to have got things terribly wrong a Professor in New Zealand says that National will win next year because of polling data.

Fear and loathing in Mt Roskill

Written By: - Date published: 2:17 pm, November 12th, 2016 - 68 comments

Members of the National Party in Mount Roskill are trying to make a story out of Michael Wood after he responded directly to public insults made against his wife.

The media double standard

Written By: - Date published: 9:15 am, November 9th, 2016 - 126 comments

Andrea Vance has attacked Labour’s Ready to Work policy and claimed that the policy does not add up, despite being told how the figures had been arrived at.

Go home Roy Morgan, you’re drunk

Written By: - Date published: 7:53 am, November 5th, 2016 - 149 comments

The latest Roy Morgan poll result and it is evidence that the polling model needs to be reviewed.

Kiwibank is being privatised by stealth

Written By: - Date published: 8:37 am, November 2nd, 2016 - 31 comments

Kiwibank is selling 47% of its shareholding to the New Zealand Super Fund and to the Accident Compensation Corporation. The Government gets a cheque for $200 million which will improve the appearance of its books. Financial sleight of hand?

Darren Watson 2 John Key 0

Written By: - Date published: 8:03 am, October 21st, 2016 - 140 comments

The Court of Appeal has ruled that Darren Watson’s Planet Key song should not have been banned during the 2014 election campaign.

I see a poverty of ideas and a poverty of Government responsibility

Written By: - Date published: 7:35 am, October 13th, 2016 - 210 comments

Judith Collins yesterday said that child poverty is the fault of parents and not the fault of her Government.

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