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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 >>

Gordon Campbell on Tiwai Point, and saying “No” in Greece

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 9:45 am | Gordon Campbell

Its hard to see how Rio Tinto’s one month delay in announcing its intentions about the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter is a good sign for (a) the jobs of the workers affected or (b) for the New Zealand taxpayer. Either Rio Tinto is angling for another ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the crisis in Greece

Tuesday, 30 June 2015, 10:31 am | Gordon Campbell

Greece, as the cradle of democracy, is getting no brownie points for actually practicing it. The decision by the Greek government to go back to the people for a mandate for the bailout terms being proposed by the Eurozone seems entirely appropriate. Syriza ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on climate change protest, and Iraq training

Friday, 26 June 2015, 9:53 am | Gordon Campbell

For sheer style, humour and content fit for purpose, it would be hard to beat yesterday’s Greenpeace protest at Parliament. The fact that the hanging of functioning solar panels from Parliament Buildings caused such spluttering outrage among fogeys old ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on telling the poor to ask for more

Wednesday, 24 June 2015, 10:04 am | Gordon Campbell

The government’s “let them ask for more” response to the dilapidated, cold and unhealthy conditions faced by many families in state housing can only be put down to two things – utter cluelessness, or total cynicism. This week, Prime Minister ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on what Uber and The Hobbit have in common

Monday, 22 June 2015, 9:34 am | Gordon Campbell

Remember the Great Hobbit Fiasco of 2010 – when John Key, Gerry Brownlee etc bowed and scraped to the lords of Warners and changed our labour laws at their request? As you’ll recall, what the studios wanted the Key government to do was to change ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Pope’s encyclical on climate change

Friday, 19 June 2015, 10:32 am | Gordon Campbell

The spread of market mechanisms into every facet of life – as health, education and the environment get treated as mere commodities – has seen economic efficiency worshipped in its own right as a totem, and as a substitute for morality. The Laudato ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the reasons for Southern DHB’s problems

Thursday, 18 June 2015, 9:58 am | Gordon Campbell

Once again in our health system, making the books look healthy seems more important than ensuring the patients are healthy. The fact that people pay taxes so that they can get the healthcare they want (when they need it) appears to be completely irrelevant ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on today’s showdown over Obama’s TPP agenda

Tuesday, 16 June 2015, 10:06 am | Gordon Campbell

The defeat that the White House suffered last Friday in its quest for effective ‘fast track’ authority (aka Trade Promotion Authority, or TPA) need not spell doom just yet for the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal. The language used by ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on why the Reserve Bank cut interest rates

Friday, 12 June 2015, 10:18 am | Gordon Campbell

All hail Graeme Wheeler. Because at some point this year, the government appears to have contracted out all the major decisions to do with running New Zealand to the un-elected Governor of the Reserve Bank. A housing crisis in Auckland? The government ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the TPP revelations about Pharmac

Thursday, 11 June 2015, 9:34 am | Gordon Campbell

The health system transparency measures contained in the latest Wikileaks revelations about the TPP have been a long running concern. The fact that the Pharmac-related transparency measures would entail a cost to the government was being grudgingly ... More >>

 

 

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