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Making the decision

Written By: - Date published: 3:00 pm, November 7th, 2008 - 56 comments

Have you still not decided who you’ll vote for? The final poll shows the race between a National/ACT/United Future or a Labour/Green/Progressive/Maori government is neck and neck, so your choice matters. Here is some advice and tools that may help: When choosing who to vote for there are three things you should consider: policy – […]

What a National/ACT Govt would mean

Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, November 7th, 2008 - 44 comments

National/ACT would would implement several major policies: – it would weaken work rights. You could be fired without justification in the first 90 days of a new job if your employer employs fewer than 20 people. – wages for low wage workers would fall. National would not increase the minimum wage and it would weaken […]

The fundamental question

Written By: - Date published: 10:17 am, November 7th, 2008 - 45 comments

The fundamental question of politics is how the wealth of society should be divided among the members of society. We live in a capitalist society. That means it is the people who own the capital (businesses, factories, farms) who own the things that are made and get to choose how to divide the wealth between […]

Final Roy Morgan poll

Written By: - Date published: 10:15 am, November 7th, 2008 - 43 comments

The final Roy Morgan poll is out and the Left (LPG+M) has it by a nose with 62 seats out of a 122 seat Parliament. The Greens will be happy with 10% – that puts them in a strong negotiating position after the election and gives a 17 seat voting bloc in conjunction with the […]

Key the opposite of Obama

Written By: - Date published: 10:13 am, November 7th, 2008 - 23 comments

Supports a Woman’s Right to Choose This is abortion rights. John Key was asked about abortion rights in the debate and he lied as usual. From I/S’s post: Last year in Parliament two failed amendments were attempted trying to replace the government’s status quo nominees with anti-abortion ones. One attempted replacement was a doctor who […]

Key used Nat research unit to search for smear on Clark’s husband

Written By: - Date published: 10:12 am, November 7th, 2008 - 47 comments

After weeks of griping about dirty tactics, it has been revealed in the NBR that Key ordered the tax-payer funded National Party research unit to rake over the records of Prime Minister Clark’s husband Peter Davis’s academic grants looking for a smear. Clark revealed the attempted smear in an interview on AltTV. ‘In June this […]


Written By: - Date published: 10:08 am, November 7th, 2008 - 41 comments

Steve Pierson: Greens – I want a more left-wing Labour-led government. The Greens’ work rights and environment policies are better than Labour’s and these are the two issues that matter most to me. The Greens will keep Labour moving in the right direction. Tane: Greens – because we need a strong Green influence in the […]

John’s walkabout itinerary

Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, November 7th, 2008 - 44 comments

We’ve been emailed a copy of the itinerary for John Key’s last day of campaigning. It looks like he’s doing a last minute dash around heartland Labour seats which fits with their strategy of going into their opponent’s base. If you are in Auckland later today you should pop along and have a chat with […]

Election day

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, November 7th, 2008 - 26 comments

On election day, we won’t doing any posting until the polls close. We will lock off comments, as well, until then. As the results come in, we will have live blogging from guest poster Julie Fairey and any other Standardista who feels like it. On election day, not only vote yourself but go down to […]

Down to the wire

Written By: - Date published: 7:09 am, November 7th, 2008 - 30 comments

The last polls are out, except for Roy Morgan, which will presumably be out later today. Here are how the blocs sit (assuming 7 seats for the Maori Party. If they get just 4, the majority to govern will drop by 2 and the Left bloc will drop 3, giving bigger leads to the Right): […]

Key to work rights activist: you’re an idiot

Written By: - Date published: 4:14 pm, November 6th, 2008 - 97 comments

You know, you can fly around acting all presidential if you like in a cheap attempt to wow the press gallery but that doesn’t make you the Kiwi Obama. Obama, for one, is a big proponent of work rights and raising the minimum wage. Key is not. His party’s vague work rights policy looks like […]

Video: Get the vote out

Written By: - Date published: 1:59 pm, November 6th, 2008 - 12 comments

Want a say in who will run the country – let’s get the vote out. Just as long as they know it’s Saturday 8th November!

More unemployed but more employed too

Written By: - Date published: 1:08 pm, November 6th, 2008 - 14 comments

Unemployment has risen to 4.2%, the first time in four years it has topped 4%. That’s lower than the experts expected, they thought the rate would blow out to 4.5% or more. But that’s the power of a full employment policy. Because we’ve had such low unemployment for so long, employers are reluctant to lay […]

Greens’ closing broadcast

Written By: - Date published: 12:23 pm, November 6th, 2008 - 4 comments

Via frogblog, the Greens’ closing campaign broadcast. I’d put Labour’s up too, but I can’t find it.

Pigs in muck

Written By: - Date published: 10:29 am, November 6th, 2008 - 137 comments

Yesterday, John Key was telling journalists that he knew the secret agenda taper, Kees Keizer, was a Labour Party activist. In fact, he knew that wasn’t true, which is why he refused to name him. The Herald has. And what it’s also reveled is a close relationship between Cameron Slater and the National Party research […]

Shock revelation: Taper is Wellington Leftie

Written By: - Date published: 8:25 am, November 6th, 2008 - 99 comments

The secret taper has revealed himself as Kees Keizer, a leftie from Wellington. I spent quite a bit of time yesterday encouraging Keizer to tell his story, preferably to The Standard or the Herald (more credible), and he steadfastly refused. So imagine my surprise when I see a three page article of him talking to […]


Written By: - Date published: 6:43 am, November 6th, 2008 - 10 comments

Yesterday morning on Sunrise, John Key was moaning that there is no context to the latest secret agenda tape, where Bill English praises the war in Iraq and criticises Bill English’s ‘moralistic’ approach to international relations. Key is right, context helps us undestand information better. Luckily, Scoop’s library keeps every media release, so we can […]

Democracy under attack

Written By: - Date published: 1:44 pm, November 5th, 2008 - 67 comments

From Both Eyes Open: National Party candidate Stephen Franks’ campaign team has been systematically tearing down political posters put up by his opponents despite Franks recently describing people defacing his election hoardings as ‘political thugs who don’t like free speech or opinions different from their own’. The group Both Eyes Open which has been distributing posters, […]

Where are the polls?

Written By: - Date published: 10:31 am, November 5th, 2008 - 36 comments

I know, they’re inaccurate and out of date. And it’s only three days until the only poll that counts. But I’m curious! It’s now been ten days since the last public poll, which strikes me as a bizarre gap at the high of the electoral campaign. I guess they’re all saving up their final poll […]

Pork barrelling from the Nats

Written By: - Date published: 9:26 am, November 5th, 2008 - 26 comments

One of the virtues of New Zealand government has long been that we avoid US-style pork barrel politics. The Government sets the direction of policy and priorities but doesn’t interfere with specific projects. The principle is that the experts, not the elected officials, should decide the details of specific projects. For instance, the Government might […]

Key, still telling lies

Written By: - Date published: 7:59 am, November 5th, 2008 - 34 comments

Ahead of the final leaders’ debate tonight, 08wire has produced a video on John Key’s lies in the second debate. What strikes me about these lies is how they are, for the most part, of the ‘New Zealand sucks’ ilk and that they are quite petty. I guess telling lots of smaller lies lessens the […]

English “worried” about Obama

Written By: - Date published: 8:10 pm, November 4th, 2008 - 97 comments

More from 3News tonight on the secret recordings taken at the Naitonal Party conference in August. This time it’s Bill English expressing concern over Barack Obama’s “moralistic” stance to international relations: I’m a bit worried about this whole Obama and Europe thing, just because there’s a limited effectiveness in being moralistic about international relations… and the […]

Last days to get active

Written By: - Date published: 4:22 pm, November 4th, 2008 - 10 comments

It’s great to see people still downloading materials from the Campaign Hub. With just over three days of campaigning to go, you’re running out of time to communicate the issues you care about and make sure people vote Left. So, be sure to take the opportunity. On the same note, Both Eyes Open has released […]

Another Nat secret agenda tape

Written By: - Date published: 3:19 pm, November 4th, 2008 - 121 comments

The Herald campaign updates reports that Clark has just had a private interview with TV3, appearently getting her response to the latest secret agenda tape. Guess that means it will be on TV3 tonight. According to the Herald, a reporter at the conference asked the PM if she thinks the public is sick of having […]

Fresh ideas

Written By: - Date published: 2:34 pm, November 4th, 2008 - 10 comments

Part 3 in the CTU’s series of election vids. The best yet You can see the other two here

Economy healthier than expected

Written By: - Date published: 11:42 am, November 4th, 2008 - 34 comments

The latest government accounts show the economy is in better condition than was expected. Tax take was $500 million higher than expected due to higher-than-expected income tax revenue. That means more money was being earned from wages and salaries than Treasury had forecast; in other words, unemployment is not rising as fast as Treasury had […]

More vids from the campaign trail

Written By: - Date published: 10:42 am, November 4th, 2008 - 43 comments

We’ve just received these. The first is from Hollowman productions, who brought us the famous Porirua markets video. The second is a video a reader took when he was stopped by a plain-clothes cop after asking a leftwing question to John Key at a campaign event. The question he asked is here

Mythbusting: Largest party must govern

Written By: - Date published: 9:58 am, November 4th, 2008 - 46 comments

Because the polls are showing a Labour, Greens, Progressives, Maori alliance could govern, National is crying that the largest party has some kind of ‘moral mandate’ to govern. Much as the cricket team which has the highest individual run scorer has the moral mandate to win the game, I guess. Back in the real world, […]

Clark takes round 2

Written By: - Date published: 8:36 pm, November 3rd, 2008 - 149 comments

A much better performance from Clark saw her best Key in tonight’s debate. As well as being on top of all the issues, as always, she took the fight to Key, calling him up on his lies. After not doing as well as she had expected in the first debate, Clark had adapted. Key was […]

Text polls

Written By: - Date published: 7:15 pm, November 3rd, 2008 - 25 comments

Watching the TV3 debate and it seems they’re running another text poll. It’s too early yet to tell who’s going to win, but what’s the bet the text poll favours the party whose voters are wealthy enough to: a) be at home on a weekday evening, b) own a cellphone, and c) be in a […]

Election Quiz

Written By: - Date published: 3:48 pm, November 3rd, 2008 - 26 comments

If you haven’t seen Pundit’s New Zealand election quiz you should head on over and take a look. It’s based on the award-winning US version and provides a pretty quick and accurate measure on how your views line up with each parliamentary party. I got Greens 84, Prog 77, Labour 74, NZ First 62, United […]

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