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Gordon Campbell on the delusions driving the “Leave” option

Wednesday, 22 June 2016, 1:09 pm | Gordon Campbell

O n the brink of the Brexit vote, the irrationality of the “Leave” option is now apparent. Voting for “Leave” requires (a) a fantastically unbalanced view of the impact of immigration on modern Britain (b) a demonizing of the EU “regulations” ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the “T” word, and the Spanish election

Tuesday, 21 June 2016, 10:23 am | Gordon Campbell

Once again, the RNZ news packages from the US and UK this morning underlined the striking difference in the treatment of the Pulse night club killings in Florida and the murder of the British Labour MP, Jo Cox. From day one, the Miami shooter ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the RCEP trade deal and other entanglements

Monday, 20 June 2016, 11:35 am | Gordon Campbell

So China and the US both have competing trade deals on offer – the TPP for the US and the RCEP for the Chinese - each of which pointedly exclude the other superpower. That fact alone should signal that these deals are not primarily about mere trade ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Teina Pora payout

Thursday, 16 June 2016, 10:36 am | Gordon Campbell

O ops, sorry and $2.5 million in cash as a settlement for wrongful conviction. Obviously, Teina Pora hasn’t received a generous settlement. Back in the late 1990s, the Cabinet guidelines set $100,000 a year as the appropriate level of compensation when the ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on political smears and begging

Wednesday, 15 June 2016, 11:00 am | Gordon Campbell

I f you’re a ministerial spin merchant can you ‘accidentally’ pass on to a journalist the fact that a prominent critic of your Minister and her government is under Police investigation ? More >>

Gordon Campbell on our refugee response, and a TPP rewrite

Tuesday, 14 June 2016, 11:22 am | Gordon Campbell

T he miserly nature of New Zealand’s response to the global refugee crisis continues apace. Yesterday’s announcement of an increase in our intake of UNHCR refugees from 750 to 1,000 refugees will only kick in from 2018, after the recent special ... More >>

From The Editor: Journalism Project Update

Monday, 13 June 2016, 9:29 am | Gordon Campbell

Before Scoop's crowd funding effort wraps up tonight, I thought I should provide an update on the mental health journalism project that Scoop – and its readers – are funding. More >>

Gordon Campbell: Happy 17th birthday, Scoop!

Friday, 10 June 2016, 12:29 pm | Gordon Campbell

Happy 17th birthday, Scoop! As I recall seventeen is a time in life when you feel really really old and like you’ve seen it all. And yet great experiences you never imagined were waiting just around the corner. That’s the same for Scoop, too. The ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the new Defence White Paper

Friday, 10 June 2016, 10:21 am | Gordon Campbell

Once again, government spending on Defence is increasing by leaps and bounds, without any rational cost/benefit analysis. Yep, even Prime Minister John Key admitted this week that “the country can be confident it does not face a military threat in the ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Muhammad Ali

Tuesday, 7 June 2016, 11:53 am | Gordon Campbell

As with Bob Dylan, Muhammad Ali changed the times in which he lived so thoroughly that anyone coming along afterwards will probably struggle to understand the scale of his achievement. At the time, rock’n’ roll had seemed bad enough ; but that ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on tobacco politics, and the TPP death watch

Tuesday, 31 May 2016, 10:58 am | Gordon Campbell

Has Act leader David Seymour got the easiest job in the world, or what? Roll out of bed, turn on the radio and hmm…there do seem to be a lot of problems out there in the world. Must think of something. And so it came to pass that this morning , ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on yesterday’s Budget

Friday, 27 May 2016, 10:02 am | Gordon Campbell

Budgies, so their Wikipedia page says, are popular pets around the world due to their small size, low cost, and ability to mimic human speech. Which is a reasonably good description of Finance Minister Bill English eighth Budget. Especially when ... More >>

Gordon Campbell: the latest allegations against Helen Clark

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 9:35 am | Gordon Campbell

According to former PM and current Helen Clark, the allegations leveled at her this week in a Foreign Policy magazine article by the prize-winning UN journalist Colum Lynch have been ‘totally fabricated’ . More >>

Editorial Comment : Gordon Campbell

Wednesday, 25 May 2016, 10:08 am | Gordon Campbell

Since taking over as Editor at Scoop few months ago, I’ve avoided making mission statements, and have focussed on what can be done and/or set in train, given our resources. However, the PledgeMe campaign currently being run by the Scoop Foundation ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the rise of the far right

Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 10:48 am | Gordon Campbell

In his victory speech at the Cannes film festival this week, the British film director Ken Loach warned that the rise of far right parties in Europe was being fuelled by the economic policies of austerity, and manifested in a welfare bureaucracy that ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on bank scandals and air crashes

Monday, 23 May 2016, 10:26 am | Gordon Campbell

Libor. It stands for the London Interbank Offered rate. Back in 2012, Libor became synonymous with a scandal involving the dodgy manipulation of how interest rates were fixed - during the years before and after the Global Financial Crisis - thus ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on electricity, executions, and Bob Dylan

Wednesday, 18 May 2016, 10:15 am | Gordon Campbell

This week, New Zealand’s crisis of poverty and homelessness has been making headlines around the world . At exactly the same time, Electricity Authority has unveiled the final version of its pricing plan for electricity transmission. More >>

Gordon Campbell on NZ’s support for the Kazakh dictatorship

Monday, 16 May 2016, 10:53 am | Gordon Campbell

Thanks to Sacha Baron Cohen , Kazakhstan will always seem like a bit of a jokey, ramshackle kind of place. To that end, the Stuff story last week about the New Zealand courts’ recent compliance with the wishes of the Kazakh dictatorship was illustrated ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the proposed media merger

Friday, 13 May 2016, 12:40 pm | Gordon Campbell

Monopolies are bad for people, and bad for capitalism, too. Look at what happened in the late 1980s when a Labour government handed a state monopoly over to Telecom – which proceeded to screw its customers over prices, spent the bare minimum on ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the future of conservatism

Thursday, 12 May 2016, 10:08 am | Gordon Campbell

For years, observers have noted the contrast between Prime Minister John Key’s ordinary Kiwi bloke persona, and the patrician prat more commonly seen in Parliament. This week though, the prat has been in plain sight. Nominally, Key got expelled from ... More >>

 

 

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