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The Future Is …

Written By: - Date published: 9:54 am, December 9th, 2018 - 278 comments

HOW TO GET THERE
Go to the end of the path until you get to the gate.
Go through the gate and head straight out towards the horizon.
Keep going towards the horizon.
Sit down and have a rest every now and again,
But keep on going, just keep on with it.
Keep on going as far as you can.
That’s how you get there.

Yanking our chain

Written By: - Date published: 10:32 pm, December 3rd, 2018 - 46 comments

Tracy Watkins is in Korea paid for by the US to head off any support fro President Moon’s visit here. The US security chiefs are here in Wellington today with the 40-grit sandpaper. A high-ranking Russia “expert” from the UK was here last week because they thought Winston Peters wasn’t sufficiently outraged by the Skripal false flag affair. We’re in the gun in the information wars.

The Guns of November 2018

Written By: - Date published: 5:38 pm, November 10th, 2018 - 188 comments

On 11 November 1918 the guns fell silent across Europe’s slaughter. In the Guns of August, Barbara Tuchman described how that dreadful war started by accident. Daniel Ellsberg warns us now that accidents could happen again, this time in the nuclear age. Ellsberg says first strike is America’s policy, making accidental nuclear winter all the more likely.

Daily Review 08/11/2018

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

Leader’s Speech – Live Stream

Written By: - Date published: 12:49 pm, November 4th, 2018 - 25 comments

The most united, upbeat Labour Party conference in decades comes to a conclusion with a speech from Jacinda Ardern. The Otago Daily Times is suggesting that it will include an announcement on wellness and health in schools. The upper level of the Dunedin Town Hall has been opened up for public attendance. This is significant […]

Labour Party Conference 2018

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?

Daily Review 26/10/2018

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, October 26th, 2018 - 59 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 …

Let’s talk mental health

Written By: - Date published: 10:51 pm, October 21st, 2018 - 298 comments

With the news about Jami-Lee Ross being taken into care, now’s a good time to talk about mental health, and how it should be handled in politics.

Trademe advertises National List MP position for sale

Written By: - Date published: 11:58 am, October 19th, 2018 - 17 comments

Some wag on Trademe has advertised National Party list positions for sale.

Saudi Arabia and the United States

Written By: - Date published: 10:17 am, October 17th, 2018 - 21 comments

Saudi Arabia is preparing to admit that the U.S. resident and investigative reporter did indeed die in their embassy in Turkey.

MAFS Botany

Written By: - Date published: 7:45 am, October 17th, 2018 - 36 comments

The Botany by-election is an opportunity for National to woo a future party leader. There’s an obvious candidate if the Tories have the nerve to propose.

Daily Review 12/10/2018

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, October 12th, 2018 - 23 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 …

“Creating quagmires” – US policy in Syria

Written By: - Date published: 8:33 am, September 5th, 2018 - 82 comments

Things are coming to a head in Syria, with a key meeting on 7 August between Syria, Turkey and Russia to discuss future strategy re the Idlib enclave where terrorist groups have been concentrated. The US and its allies want to retain influence, having lost it to Russia. A shooting war based on a false flag is a real albeit disastrous possibility to maintain US “quagmire” policy in the Middle East to date.

Clare Curran Demoted

Written By: - Date published: 4:11 pm, August 24th, 2018 - 51 comments

Clare Curran has been demoted after failing to properly account for a meeting with entrepreneur Derek Handley.

Daily Review 20/08/2018

Written By: - Date published: 5:40 pm, August 20th, 2018 - 28 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 …

The Pied Piper

Written By: - Date published: 11:55 am, August 6th, 2018 - 32 comments

If we’re living in a global village, is the name of the village Hamelin?

China and Google

Written By: - Date published: 7:52 am, August 6th, 2018 - 2 comments

Google is planning a launch of its eponymous spectacular search engine in which it allows censorship from the Chinese state. Some U.S. politicians aren’t happy about it. Principles are, in the words of the words of my tailor, funny; you loosen a bit here, you loosen a bit there, you find your trousers fall down. […]

The Benefit Arrives

Written By: - Date published: 7:32 pm, July 31st, 2018 - 38 comments

Simon ‘Soimon’ Bridges calls his deputy by her critic’s favourite nickname. Cui bono, as the Romans used to say. Who benefits?

There’s nothing vague about National’s education policy announcement *

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, July 30th, 2018 - 30 comments

* according to Simon Bridges.

Caption contest

Written By: - Date published: 11:59 am, July 29th, 2018 - 76 comments

Keep it seemly …

Bridges and his cheerleaders

Written By: - Date published: 9:46 am, July 29th, 2018 - 112 comments

National is pulling out all stops to suggest that Simon Bridges is not so bad as a leader.

Unparliamentary Language

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, July 11th, 2018 - 13 comments

“His brain could revolve inside a peanut shell for a thousand years without touching the sides”

The trade war

Written By: - Date published: 1:56 pm, July 9th, 2018 - 27 comments

The speed of the growing trade war between the United States and China will hit New Zealand. Our long term diplomatic arc, such that it is, was to follow a modernist impulse set after World War Two: that economic growth and democracy matched deep human impulses for freedom and prosperity together. China has never assented […]

Dotcom loses in the Court of Appeal

Written By: - Date published: 11:05 am, July 9th, 2018 - 60 comments

The Court of Appeal has released its decision in the Kim Dotcom extradition case. The case has had a lot of resources thrown at it by both sides and I hope my brief description does the arguments and the judgment justice. The decision can be read here. As befits the resources that have been poured […]

Daily Review 05/07/2018

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, July 5th, 2018 - 27 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 …

The future of the left

Written By: - Date published: 6:45 pm, July 1st, 2018 - 40 comments

Australian Guardian columnist Van Badham writes “the future of the left is bright if it looks like Jacinda Ardern and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortes.” She concludes “We can hope the influence of Jacinda Ardern and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortes spread, or we can ensure that it does. The stakes for the marginalised remain life and death.” Very worth a read.

 

Daily Review 28/06/2018

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, June 28th, 2018 - 26 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 …

Student Fees

Written By: - Date published: 11:36 am, June 26th, 2018 - 26 comments

Reposted from Nick Kelly’s Blog One of the big policies the NZ Labour Party took into the 2017 election was to start reintroducing free education. Labour in the UK took a similar policy into their 2017 election, which is thought to have contributed to the “youth quake” which saw young voters turn out and vote for […]

It’s a girl!

Written By: - Date published: 6:20 pm, June 21st, 2018 - 25 comments

Congratulations to Jacinda and Clarke on the birth of a girl!

Pulling Teeth For Poverty

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, June 17th, 2018 - 363 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 - 154 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.

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