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Gordon Campbell on New Zealand (again) in other peoples wars

Thursday, 16 October 2014, 12:27 pm | Gordon Campbell

Apparently, the Key government is still pondering how New Zealand will contribute to the fight against Islamic State. Long may it ponder, given the lack of consensus among our allies as to how to fight IS, where to fight it (Syria, Iraq, or both?) ... More >>

Gordon Campbell: child poverty and Shearer’s latest outburst

Wednesday, 15 October 2014, 12:41 pm | Gordon Campbell

The politicisation of (a) the public service and (b) the operations of the Official Information Act have been highlighted by the policy advice package on child poverty that RNZ’s resolute political editor Brent Edwards has finally prised out of the ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the government’s review of security laws

Tuesday, 14 October 2014, 12:43 pm | Gordon Campbell

So the Key government is about to launch a four week review of the ability of our existing legislation to deal with “suspected and returning foreign terrorist fighters, and other violent extremists.” According to its terms of reference, the review ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on John Key’s posturing about Islamic State

Friday, 10 October 2014, 10:08 am | Gordon Campbell

One of the main achievements of the Clark government was that it kept New Zealand out of overt involvement in the 2003 Iraq invasion. It also kept our Afghanistan role within the direct UN mandate. By doing so, Clark minimized the risk to New Zealanders ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on New Zealand’s response to Kiwi jihadis

Wednesday, 8 October 2014, 10:00 am | Gordon Campbell

When Parliament resumes on October 20, Prime Minister John Key will reportedly be making a major speech on security and intelligence issues . The speech is likely to indicate how New Zealand proposes to manage the security risk posed by Kiwi jihadis ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on John Key avoiding being held accountable

Tuesday, 7 October 2014, 9:59 am | Gordon Campbell

Will the management split on security and intelligence issues that Prime Minister John Key announced yesterday serve to enhance or to reduce his public accountability on such matters ? On RNZ’s Checkpoint last night , Key was vague about the substance ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Lyttleton executive pay, and more TPP

Friday, 3 October 2014, 10:48 am | Gordon Campbell

It isn’t often that one story can encapsulate (a) the bogus rhetoric used to justify sky-high pay packages for top executives, (b) the unequal way that workers are rewarded for their efforts, and (c) the threat that outsourcing can pose to workplace health ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the last rites for the TPP

Wednesday, 1 October 2014, 10:52 am | Gordon Campbell

The Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal is one of those litmus issues that has always had more to do with one’s place on the political spectrum than with any imminent reality. To date, the Greens have opposed (a) a wide range of the leaked ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the farcical elevation of David Seymour

Tuesday, 30 September 2014, 10:20 am | Gordon Campbell

With the election won, it's time to find jobs for the boy. David Seymour is the Act Party’s latest scrounger to be rewarded by the National Party, and not only with a seat in Parliament. This time around, a couple of parliamentary Undersecretary ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the case for using air power against IS

Friday, 26 September 2014, 9:42 am | Gordon Campbell

There is an Alice Through the Looking Glass quality to the current response to the Islamic State. Everything about it seems inside out. Many people who would normally oppose US air strikes in other countries have reluctantly endorsed the bombing of ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Cunliffe’s Last Stand

Wednesday, 24 September 2014, 10:06 am | Gordon Campbell

Right now, embattled Labour leader David Cunliffe has three options. None of them are particularly attractive for him personally, or for the Labour Party. In scenario one, Cunliffe could resign immediately and trigger a leadership vote among the caucus, ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the troubled aftermath of Scotland’s vote

Tuesday, 23 September 2014, 9:57 am | Gordon Campbell

A week can be a very long time in Scotland’s 300 year struggle for independence. The “ No” vote last week that seemed to end the cause of Scottish independence for a generation, has turned out to have had an enormous fish hook attached, especially ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Labour’s very bad year

Monday, 22 September 2014, 9:49 am | Gordon Campbell

While Labour leader David Cunliffe still appears to be in denial about the extent of Saturday night’s debacle, there was hardly a single redeeming feature about the election results for the centre-left. Even the victory by Labour’s Stuart Nash ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on a campaign that is ending as it began

Friday, 19 September 2014, 10:55 am | Gordon Campbell

This election campaign is getting no less strange as it heads on down to the wire. Winston Peters is still refusing to say whether a vote for New Zealand First is a vote for changing the current government and its awful, awful policies, or ensuring ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on first time voting (Greens)

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 9:45 am | Gordon Campbell

For the last two days, I’ve turned my column over to a couple of guest columnists who are first time voters. They’ve been asked to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on first time voting (centre right)

Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 10:17 am | Gordon Campbell

For the next two days, I’m turning my column over to two guest columnists who are first time voters. I’ve asked them to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their ... More >>

Gordon Campbell: the Greenwald/Snowden revelations aftermath

Tuesday, 16 September 2014, 4:18 pm | Gordon Campbell

1 The email. This has to do with whether Key knowingly agreed to use our immigration rules as a tool to ensnare and ultimately extradite Kim Dotcom, and do so largely at the behest of Hollywood’s leading corporates and their best friend in the White ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Glenn Greenwald revelations

Monday, 15 September 2014, 9:28 am | Gordon Campbell

All that hanging out with the All Blacks clearly hasn’t taught Prime Minister John Key a thing about the ethics of playing the ball, and not the man. Still, in slagging off Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald as “Dotcom’s ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Obama’s major foreign policy speech today

Thursday, 11 September 2014, 10:25 am | Gordon Campbell

For the Syrian people, the next ten years offers them two really unpleasant choices. They can be slaughtered by the forces of the Islamic State, or take their chances with another decade of the murderous stalemate into which the Syrian civil war has ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on National’s phantom tax cut package

Tuesday, 9 September 2014, 9:19 am | Gordon Campbell

Hmmm. So National’s tax cuts package turns out to be one of those television advertisements that screams a headline promise – perfect skin! a youth tonic that works! - while in very small print there’s an out clause: special conditions may apply. Heading ... More >>

 

 

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