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Gordon Campbell on the Shane Jones departure

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 3:01 pm | Gordon Campbell

Shane Jones has left Parliament in the manner to which we have become accustomed, with self interest coming in first and second, and with the interests of the Labour Party (under whose banner he served) way, way back down the track. More >>

Gordon Campbell: drone strikes & Judith Collins‘ last stand

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 10:55 am | Gordon Campbell

Reportedly, US drone operators refer to their kills as "bug splat” - mainly because when the carnage is viewed on their screens thousands of kilometres away at home, it looks like an insect strike on a windscreen. The name has even been bestowed on ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the life & ACC work of Sir Owen Woodhouse

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 10:49 am | Gordon Campbell

With the death of Sir Owen Woodhouse, the founding father of the Accident Compensation Scheme, New Zealand has lost one of the titans of its post-war social policy. In its original incarnation in the early 1970s, ACC had been a globally innovative “no ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on royalty and its tourism spin-offs

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 11:26 am | Gordon Campbell

Ultimately the Queen’s longevity has been one of her most significant accomplishments. A transition to Prince Charles while the monarchy was in the pits of public esteem in the mid to late 1990s would have been disastrous for the Royal Firm. More >>

Gordon Campbell: failure to create a Labour/Greens alliance

Thursday, 10 April 2014, 11:01 am | Gordon Campbell

David Cunliffe won his current job by indicating he would be a Labour leader proud of his party’s left wing traditions. Since then, a question mark has been hanging over how Cunliffe would handle Labour’s relationship with the Greens during the ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Narendra Modi, and the elections in India

Wednesday, 9 April 2014, 10:20 am | Gordon Campbell

On the upside, the gigantic election process that began yesterday in India is the largest exercise in democracy on the planet. Reportedly, a staggering five million people are employed, directly or indirectly, in the election process. More >>

Gordon Campbell on trade unions and Transpower

Thursday, 3 April 2014, 10:30 am | Gordon Campbell

So much for the demonising of trade unions. As the dust setttles on the Global Financial Crisis, some US corporate leaders seem able to read the lessons of history. Bill Ford, executive chairman of the Ford Motor Company, has credited his company’s ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on this week’s election in Afghanistan

Wednesday, 2 April 2014, 10:33 am | Gordon Campbell

In effect, there are three main candidates running in Afghanistan’s presidential election this week: the former diplomat Abdullah Abdullah, the former World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani, and Zalmai Rassoul - who was, until last year, Foreign Minister ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the ICJ whaling ban and security agencies

Tuesday, 1 April 2014, 10:56 am | Gordon Campbell

The ban on Japan’s whaling programme ordered by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) is a credit to Australia, who brought the case. Indirectly, it is also a victory for the Sea Shepherd group, whose activism doggedly kept global attention focused ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Mana and Dotcom

Friday, 28 March 2014, 11:03 am | Gordon Campbell

So far, Mana leader Hone Harawira deserves a lot of credit for the disciplined way he has conducted his discussions with the Internet Party. Harawira has (a) explored whether a basis for co-operation exists (b) sought a bottom line agreement in ruling ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the EU/NZ trade deal

Wednesday, 26 March 2014, 11:46 am | Gordon Campbell

So Europe is “considering” whether to launch free trade discussions, with New Zealand; the parties plan to establish a scoping process and will hold talks next year and if all goes well, negotiations will proceed from there. More >>

Gordon Campbell: Crimea, Bennett, Dotcom and uses of history

Tuesday, 25 March 2014, 10:52 am | Gordon Campbell

So the US wants Russia to be banished “indefinitely” from the G-8 club for its actions in Crimea. Talk about gall. Astonishing to watch the US lecture Russian leader Vladimir Putin over its breaches of international law in the annexation of Crimea, ... More >>

Gordon Campbell: imposing effective sanctions against Putin

Friday, 21 March 2014, 11:08 am | Gordon Campbell

For decades now, there has been a peace dividend from global trade. The more interdependent our economies become, the less likely we are to go to war, as we may have done in times past. Well, the crisis in the Crimea shows one of the downsides of those trade ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on New Zealand’s currency deal with China

Wednesday, 19 March 2014, 10:53 am | Gordon Campbell

During Prime Minister John Key’s current visit to China, Key and Chinese premier Li Keqiang agreed to a deal that enables direct trading on the Chinese Foreign Exchange between the NZ dollar and the Chinese renimbi (aka yuan). More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Genesis share float debacle

Friday, 14 March 2014, 10:10 am | Gordon Campbell

In one sense at least, Finance Minister Bill English has done everyone a favour with the way the Genesis share float has been structured. So the shares have been set at an especially low price, the dividend yield has been set at an especially high ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Shane Jones reverting to type

Wednesday, 12 March 2014, 10:23 am | Gordon Campbell

Anyone who may have feeling twinges of remorse that it might have been a good idea for Shane Jones to have won the Labour Party leadership race last year should be thanking their lucky stars that Labour dodged a bullet on that one. More >>

Gordon Campbell on Act’s problem with taking responsibility

Monday, 10 March 2014, 10:20 am | Gordon Campbell

If it does nothing else, this election will be a test of whether marketing really can turn a pig’s ear into a silk purse. Although it barely registers a pulse, the Act Party has been the beneficiary of saturation coverage in the NZ Herald over the ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Judith Collins’ milking of the system

Thursday, 6 March 2014, 11:16 am | Gordon Campbell

The Cabinet manual not only forbids actual conflicts of interest when Ministers are performing public duties from which they or their family members and close associates might derive private gain - it also puts the onus on the Minister to actively avoid ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on our response to Russia's work in Ukraine

Tuesday, 4 March 2014, 12:52 pm | Gordon Campbell

To the Russians, the current crisis in the Ukraine must seem like a no-brainer. Ukraine has always been treated as vital to Russia’s self-defence, and to its role as a modern world power. (Russia has had a fleet stationed in the Crimea since 1783.) More >>

Gordon Campbell on the latest NSA spy scandal and Pike River

Friday, 28 February 2014, 9:49 am | Gordon Campbell

Once again, the “Five Eyes” intelligence network (to which New Zealand belongs) has been caught out in a privacy outrage. According to this morning’s Guardian, the British spy agency GCHQ has been secretly recording the images from the Yahoo ... More >>

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