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Pulling Teeth For Poverty

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, June 17th, 2018 - 355 comments

Poverty is directly responsible for a growing number of people losing their teeth to decay.  Adults unable to afford dental treatment are resorting to using pliers to extract their own teeth. Meanwhile, children as young as one are also losing their teeth. The numbers losing their teeth is phenomenal. During the 2015 and 2016 period alone over 29,000 children had teeth removed and over 6,600 children were hospitalised because of rotting teeth.

In defence of Eugenie Sage

Written By: - Date published: 7:28 am, June 15th, 2018 - 152 comments

Eugenie Sage has been criticised for granting OIO consent to the foreign buy out of a water bottling company and a piece of sensitive land.  But from the looks of the details that have been released she may have had no choice.

Kiwis trust in Government surges

Written By: - Date published: 12:55 pm, June 13th, 2018 - 59 comments

At the same time that business confidence is in negative territory overall trust in the Government has surged. Why is this?

Caption contest

Written By: - Date published: 12:21 pm, June 11th, 2018 - 38 comments

Keep it seemly.

Donald Trump’s unusual diplomatic behaviour

Written By: - Date published: 11:02 am, June 11th, 2018 - 44 comments

Donald Trump has chosen to insult Canadian leader Justin Trudeau and buddy up to North Korean leader Kim Jon Un all in the same week.

Who gives a hooton about climate change?

Written By: - Date published: 11:47 am, June 10th, 2018 - 125 comments

Matthew Hooton and Fran O’Sullivan have claimed that the Government’s decision to ban off shore petroleum exploration is “Orwellian”, part of an attempt to divert attention from other issues, bad for the environment and bad for jobs. Are they right?

The Northcote by election

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 pm, June 9th, 2018 - 212 comments

The Northcote election could be be extremely close.

lprent: Update. It was close. The preliminary results show a 1362 margin, reduced from about 6210 last election. The turnout was a bit under half of the previous election – not bad for a by-election.

Populism and population decline

Written By: - Date published: 7:55 pm, June 9th, 2018 - 63 comments

As we enter the era of relative world wide population declines, we are are seeing populist movements trying to put the finger in the dike. The two are related. Big cities beset by congestion and housing issues as the young flood into them. Populistic movements driven from left-behind areas. Voting patterns show the distinct differences between the large urban centres and those in the declining regions.

Who Really is Judging the Poor?

Written By: - Date published: 2:46 pm, June 3rd, 2018 - 89 comments

Some conversations about poverty are harming those in need. Those conversations contribute to the stigma and shame experienced by struggling families, who are barely surviving, but still trying to maintain some dignity.  As a result even those in need are differentiating between the deserving and undeserving poor.

Simon Bridges, the three strikes law and the Bill of Rights

Written By: - Date published: 8:04 am, June 2nd, 2018 - 17 comments

National obviously desperately want to divert attention away from the Housing Corp methamphetamine fiasco. After five days of continuous bad news who can blame them.

It’s Time for a Cost-Benefit Analysis of Dairy Farming

Written By: - Date published: 7:42 am, May 29th, 2018 - 166 comments

Not just, ‘we’ve got to make the good outweigh the bad’. I mean: why should dairy farming exist here?

Doofus of the week – May 27, 2018

Written By: - Date published: 8:54 am, May 27th, 2018 - 28 comments

Lots of competition this week with Katie Hopkins preferring to be called a racist to being described as being on drugs, Judith Collins for fronting the most naff scandals in the last decade, and Simon Bridges for going on tour to strange places.  But the real contest was between Paula Bennett and Gerry Brownlee …

Why is Mark Richardson such a Nimby and …?

Written By: - Date published: 11:58 am, May 25th, 2018 - 46 comments

Being a nimby is the least of Mark Richardson’s problems. His disguised hate speech is harmful to his victims and anyone else in need of help who are left feeling the shame imposed upon them by such careless dialogue.

Daily Review 24/05/2018

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, May 24th, 2018 - 8 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 …

Donald’s Desperation.

Written By: - Date published: 11:47 am, May 15th, 2018 - 37 comments

Whoever would have thought way back in 1967 that Sandy Shaw would nail the US’s foreign policy on Israel?

Bridges believes in trickle down

Written By: - Date published: 10:58 am, May 14th, 2018 - 199 comments

Simon Bridges has committed the twin political sins of not only believing in trickle down but in publicly confirming his belief.

Toby Manhire Owns Ms Bennett

Written By: - Date published: 8:14 pm, May 9th, 2018 - 15 comments

Ms Bennett was trying to be smugly self righteous about how hard she worked as a Minister and by contrast how lazy Ardern is, when she was hoist on her own petard.   Not to be outdone the Nats Leader tried to outdo his deputy by revealling he spends time reading/following Cameron Slater on Twitter […]

Daily Review 09/05/2018

Written By: - Date published: 5:36 pm, May 9th, 2018 - 9 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 …

Everyone applauds Labour’s homelessness plan … except National

Written By: - Date published: 9:56 am, May 5th, 2018 - 133 comments

Labour’s announcement of $100 million spending on homelessness has attracted praise from everyone, except National.

Does this royal wedding mean anything?

Written By: - Date published: 9:22 am, May 5th, 2018 - 38 comments

Royal marriages have changed dramatically over the years.  Now politicians are not invited to the wedding ceremony.

Trumping Obama?

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, May 3rd, 2018 - 9 comments

A post on big boy’s scouting medals.

Catriona MacLennan takes on the Law Society

Written By: - Date published: 6:16 pm, April 19th, 2018 - 49 comments

Catriona MacLennan is being sent to a disciplinary committee for criticising a judge, in a case where he made an appalling judgement.  Where are the freedom-of-speech advocates?

Operation Burnham

Written By: - Date published: 4:26 pm, March 30th, 2018 - 24 comments

There is a great article by Gordon Campbell on the likelihood of an inquiry but more importantly what will or wont be covered and what will or wont be for the public eyes/ears Read it here  

Who cares about personal privacy? Not Facebook

Written By: - Date published: 1:30 pm, March 28th, 2018 - 42 comments

Not the National Party and 3 of its most senior MPs.

Doofus of the week – March 24, 2018

Written By: - Date published: 7:56 am, March 25th, 2018 - 20 comments

This weeks award goes to Jonathan Coleman for failing to know that a leaky building crisis existed in Manukau DHB, and for then refusing to talk about it and hanging up on Suzy Ferguson of Radio New Zealand.

The Incredible Silence of John Key V2.0

Written By: - Date published: 6:30 am, March 19th, 2018 - 41 comments

Update: Bridges finds his voice. And apologises.

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?

Daily Review 13/03/2018

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, March 13th, 2018 - 42 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 …

Our Reserve Bank

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, February 28th, 2018 - 97 comments

There is a case for the Reserve Bank to be eradicated, or at least major changes made to its structure.

Was the political hit on Chris Bishop an inside job?

Written By: - Date published: 8:29 am, February 12th, 2018 - 155 comments

The disclosure of Chris Bishop’s snapchat engagement with young teenage females raises the question of who leaked the information to the media and why.

National can win the next election

Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, February 5th, 2018 - 75 comments

There is a simple strategy for National to follow which may gain them victory in the next General Election.

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