What will happen to the Standard in these post Jacinda days?
What I believe is different this year is we really have a fresh government.
Different in content and in tone.
I don’t believe we’ve had that context for nearly a decade at The Standard.
It’s less than two weeks to go before the Labour-led government completes its first 100 days in office. You know that list already. Planning seems to be working, as an actual thing.
In Martinborough last week the Labour caucus planned how to address the full year.
So how does a site like this deal with such an abrupt change in the tone of political leadership?
The team some of us belong to and support run the joint. And those of us who worked hard to achieve that we can own that.
As commentators on The Standard we have neither a caucus nor a plan. Nor should we. But we can think, and improve.
We can reserve the right to keep complaining and debating and expecting more. The Labour-led coalition is achieving what it promised, putting a premium on achieving stuff fast to show that it can be trusted, and to show that it consists of many good people doing good. That does not change our ability to critique power in all its forms from here.
Nor does it mean that there is a hive-mind, or that such non-existent mind may need changing.
But this change in government is a big change in context. So in the absence of a plan:
What would you like more of?
What kind of topics?
What kind of writers?
Can we do baby photos and puppies now?
Can we do more than critique?
What does The Standard do really well that needs to be built on?
How might our tone change now that the left are in power and rolling it out pretty fast?
Be good or your ass will be moderated.