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Gordon Campbell on the Children’s Commission report on CYF

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 9:37 am | Gordon Campbell

Accusing the overworked and underfunded staff at Child, Youth and Family of a “ dump and run culture of neglect " is the kind of luxury that a Children’s Commissioner can afford to indulge in from his own comfy perch in the bureaucracy. ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the flag campaign

Tuesday, 25 August 2015, 10:30 am | Gordon Campbell

So far, the public has treated the government’s flag campaign with something between disinterest and disdain. Most New Zealanders have instinctively seen through the marketing hype involved. Basically the flag campaign is a ‘feel good’ bit of ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Donald Trump, and Dr Dre

Wednesday, 19 August 2015, 9:24 am | Gordon Campbell

For the past few months, you, me, and Rupert Murdoch have been waiting for the wheels to fall off the Trump campaign, and for some drab incarnation of business-as-usual (Jeb Bush, Scott Walker) to emerge as the real Republican standard bearer in next ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Tim Groser and the Wrecking Crew

Monday, 17 August 2015, 10:23 am | Gordon Campbell

At times, a protest march can feel like a futile political tactic, but at least afterwards… Trade Minister Tim Groser can always be relied on to put his foot in his mouth. The weekend’s turnout of thousands – in Auckland in wet weather - ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on China’s devaluation, and Wolf Alice

Thursday, 13 August 2015, 10:13 am | Gordon Campbell

As China’s currency takes the down elevator towards the basement – and after two days of decline no one knows how far down it will eventually go – its hard to see any good news for New Zealand. Our main export commodity (dairy powder) has ... More >>

Gordon Campbell: Labour v Refugees & the SIS charm offensive

Wednesday, 12 August 2015, 10:01 am | Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell on Labour’s pandering to the redneck vote about refugees, and the SIS charm offensive More >>

Gordon Campbell on Japan’s doubts on the TPP's Future

Monday, 10 August 2015, 10:16 am | Gordon Campbell

Japan has made it clear it thinks New Zealand was the key major stumbling block to a successful conclusion of the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal. Alas, New Zealand proved to be the axle-breaking bump in the road that nobody saw until it ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the economic bad news

Wednesday, 5 August 2015, 10:17 am | Gordon Campbell

Traditionally, voters regard National as a more competent manager of the economy. It is the sole upside of crony capitalism: surely these guys must know what their mates in business want and need. These last few months though, have put that faith ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on opposing investor-state dispute measures

Monday, 3 August 2015, 11:27 am | Gordon Campbell

Even in this dark hour for the TPP, the secrecy farce continues. On RNZ this morning, Trade Minister Tim Groser said he looks forward to the day when he can take the covers off , and show New Zealand what a good deal we’ve won. Oh, good grief. What is ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Tim Groser missing in action on the TPP

Friday, 31 July 2015, 11:16 am | Gordon Campbell

While rapid change is always possibl e in trade talks as they approach the deadline, lets assume that the offers on the table for dairy at the TPP talks in Maui won’t improve much beyond the “appallingly bad” level currently being lamented by New ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on D-Day for dairy at the TPP

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 9:57 am | Gordon Campbell

While New Zealand may feel flattered at being called “the Saudi Arabia of milk” it would be more accurate to regard us as the suicide bombers of free trade. Ever since the Uruguay Round kicked off in the 1980s New Zealand has set a socially self ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the PM’s TPP concessions on medicines

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 2:49 pm | Gordon Campbell

So, on the eve of the last round of talks meant to finalise the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal, Prime Minister John Key has conceded that yes New Zealand will probably have to pay more for medicines under the TPP . More >>

Gordon Campbell on 90s retro proposals for our health system

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 9:59 am | Gordon Campbell

Reviews are under way that could transform the New Zealand health system into our very own version of the Eurozone, whereby DHBs that fail to meet their budgets will be treated like Greece, and punished accordingly. As we learned yesterday , the reviews ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the dogged reluctance to condemn Serco

Friday, 24 July 2015, 10:03 am | Gordon Campbell

The refusal by Minister Sam Lotu-Liga to hold Serco accountable for the company’s failings in prison management is bad enough. Basically, this ingrained reluctance is an echo of the government’s wider failure to heed the dangers that are inherent ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on new bureaucratic tests for solo parents

Thursday, 23 July 2015, 11:01 am | Gordon Campbell

Offhand, its hard to think of a more cynical example of political opportunism than the requirement that solo parents will now need to re-apply for their benefits each year. This new rule is being enforced in the full knowledge that a significant number ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Key talking up our - and China's - economy

Tuesday, 21 July 2015, 10:16 am | Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell on John Key trying to talk up our - and China’s – ailing economy More >>

Gordon Campbell on dairy, anti-Chinese sentiment, Pluto

Friday, 17 July 2015, 10:28 am | Gordon Campbell

Where now for dairy farmers? On RNZ this morning, Economic Development Minister Stephen Joyce was portraying the carnage of plunging global dairy prices, declining Fonterra payouts and bank foreclosures as merely a product of the normal business ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Iran’s phantom nukes, and nuking Greece

Wednesday, 15 July 2015, 9:50 am | Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell on the deal over Iran’s phantom nukes, and nuking Greece’s future More >>

Gordon Campbell on Treasury’s plans for Kiwirail

Friday, 10 July 2015, 10:12 am | Gordon Campbell

Is there any more terrifying phrase in the English language than “Treasury recommends”? The latest idiotic idea to emerge from the Treasury – lets close down Kiwirail – deserves to be filed away alongside previous gems such as “ Treasury push for ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on where Greece goes from here

Tuesday, 7 July 2015, 10:00 am | Gordon Campbell

As one candid British commentator tried to come to grips with why his confident prediction of a “Yes” vote in Greece has failed so resoundingly, he said that he’d made that prediction from his own viewpoint – as someone with savings to ... More >>

 

 

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