Daily Review 18/07/2017

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Date published: 5:35 pm, July 18th, 2017 - 13 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 …

Nats’ shameful surrender on suicide

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Date published: 11:31 am, July 18th, 2017 - 16 comments

The Nats know all about the importance of monitoring and goals when it comes to effecting change. So naturally: “A goal of reducing New Zealand’s total suicide rate by 20 per cent over 10 years was rejected over fears the Government would be held accountable if the rate didn’t drop.”

Regenerative agriculture

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Date published: 11:00 am, July 18th, 2017 - 14 comments

Regenerative farmers in NZ are already leading the way on land and water restoration, and how to grow food in a changing climate.

David Seymour is the smeghead of the year

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Date published: 9:44 am, July 18th, 2017 - 73 comments

David Seymour has managed to make the most stupid statement by a politician this year, and it is only just over half way through.

Labour’s first campaign ad

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Date published: 7:06 am, July 18th, 2017 - 124 comments

Benefit fraud vs white collar crime

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Date published: 7:02 am, July 18th, 2017 - 39 comments

The political hills are echoing with the aftermath of Meteri Turei’s confession of lying to WINZ, and Paula Bennett’s conciliatory and very precisely worded claim of not having done so “deliberately”. A good time to revisit the topic of benefit fraud vs white collar crime / tax evasion.

Open Mike 18/07/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, July 18th, 2017 - 241 comments

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Daily Review 17/07/2017

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Date published: 5:31 pm, July 17th, 2017 - 17 comments

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Metiria Turei and Paula Bennett on benefit fraud

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Date published: 10:46 am, July 17th, 2017 - 241 comments

Turei’s admission that she lied to WINZ back in the day was a political gamble. It could resonate with a big chunk of non-voters – here’s a politician that’s just like us – has been through what we’re going through. On the other hand it gives the usual mean-spirited righties a club to beat her with. Interesting that Paula Bennett is treading so lightly round the issue.

Election 2017: the battle lines are drawn

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Date published: 8:57 am, July 17th, 2017 - 77 comments

The 2017 election campaign has been set alight by the Greens adopting brave policies that Jeremy Corbyn would be proud of and NZ First adopting policies that would meet with Donald Trump’s approval.

Nats default to bully mode over Barclay scandal

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Date published: 7:02 am, July 17th, 2017 - 26 comments

The ongoing Barclay scandal has taking a familiar turn, with the PM’s office trying dirty tactics on journalists. Meanwhile the pressure builds on English over Barclay’s taxpayer funded disappearing act.

Lefties on fire

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Date published: 6:30 am, July 17th, 2017 - 95 comments

The best of twitter from the weekend.

Open Mike 17/07/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, July 17th, 2017 - 85 comments

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This is not an image of a Low Flying Penguin.

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Date published: 1:40 pm, July 16th, 2017 - 62 comments

It’s also is not a picture of a person claiming entitlements who has not felt compelled to bend the truth when dealing with WINZ. Both images would be equally difficult to find.

The Greens’ new welfare policy

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Date published: 12:24 pm, July 16th, 2017 - 310 comments

“Green co-leader Metiria Turei described it as one of the most important Green policies in her 15 years in Parliament.”

Why there should be work and drug test obligations for National MPs

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Date published: 8:55 am, July 16th, 2017 - 52 comments

Todd Barclay has not been seen at work lately but has been seen at a Queenstown pub.  And is still being paid $3,000 a week to represent the people of Clutha Southland.

National’s brighter future

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Date published: 8:00 am, July 16th, 2017 - 11 comments

The homeless crisis is getting that bad in Auckland that people are dying because they have nowhere to live.

Incrementalists ‘Brick It’

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Date published: 7:00 am, July 16th, 2017 - 10 comments

Meet Christiana Figueres, former executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, and original negotiator behind the Paris Agreement. She’s co-signed an article, published in Nature and signed by over 60 scientists as well as business leaders and other ‘pillars of the global community’ that headlines – “Three years to safeguard our climate”

The Greens rock their AGM

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Date published: 6:49 am, July 16th, 2017 - 18 comments

Greening the economy not for the sake of the economy but for the wellbeing of the people, the Green Party want us to be an exemplar to the world and lead the way.

Open Mike 16/07/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, July 16th, 2017 - 45 comments

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The Green Infrastructure Fund

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Date published: 2:48 pm, July 15th, 2017 - 18 comments

The Greens commit to making NZ carbon-neutral by 2050.

James Shaw Speech to the Green’s conference – Greening the Government

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Date published: 2:21 pm, July 15th, 2017 - 25 comments

The text of James Shaw’s speech to the Greens Conference focussing on the Green’s policy response to Climate Change.

Who are the real enemies of the centre left?

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Date published: 11:22 am, July 15th, 2017 - 80 comments

Simon Wilson recently claimed that left wingers and party members are problems for and enemies of Labour and the Greens.  This is why I think he is wrong.

Nats panic over climbing prison population – I have some advice

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Date published: 7:22 am, July 15th, 2017 - 70 comments

The government is “seeking advice” over the skyrocketing prison population. I’m happy to oblige – but they aren’t going to like it…

Open Mike 15/07/2017

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Date published: 6:00 am, July 15th, 2017 - 104 comments

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Two polls

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Date published: 8:38 pm, July 14th, 2017 - 145 comments

Two recent polls, both suggestion that Labour+Green is within touching distance of  National.

Daily Review 14/07/2017

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Date published: 5:20 pm, July 14th, 2017 - 49 comments

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Caption contest

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Date published: 2:59 pm, July 14th, 2017 - 42 comments

Breeding for a business

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Date published: 12:08 pm, July 14th, 2017 - 23 comments

It looks like ACT the party of less government will be focussing on pregnant beneficiaries this election.

May calls for Corbyn’s help

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Date published: 10:19 am, July 14th, 2017 - 13 comments

Theresa May knows that the tories are utterly stuffed over Brexit so she’s calling for ideas / trying to spread the blame. Jeremy Corbyn had the perfect reply.

A clear choice for voters

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Date published: 9:10 am, July 14th, 2017 - 62 comments

Herald editorial: “Credit where it is due. It takes courage to say that if elected, you will cancel a tax cut. … In doing so it has presented the voters with a clear choice which, for those without young families or earning above the income limits, will mean deciding whether to take the tax cut or give the benefit to children of the less well off.”

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