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Gordon Campbell on the Sabin case, and pressures on Greece

Wednesday, 28 January 2015, 10:12 am | Gordon Campbell

Brain fades are one thing, but the brain freeze that seems to have beset the Prime Minister over the Mike Sabin affair is an even more worrying affliction. Sabin is a National MP, and the current chairman of Parliament’s law and order committee. More >>

Gordon Campbell on tomorrow’s speeches by Key and Little

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 10:21 am | Gordon Campbell

The Key government has already kicked off the political year on a stridently ideological note, with Environment Minister Nick Smith choosing to lay all manner of sins at the door of the Resource Management Act. Tomorrow, the government will wheeling out ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Saudi Arabia and Islamic State

Friday, 23 January 2015, 9:27 am | Gordon Campbell

So the US has been holding talks in London this week with its 21 coalition allies , on how best to co-ordinate the military response against Islamic State. Oddly enough, New Zealand has not been attending the conference even though we seem well down the ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Greek election, and EU turmoil

Thursday, 22 January 2015, 9:33 am | Gordon Campbell

The election in Greece on Sunday – and the likely triumph of the left wing Syriza Party – will be only the first of three hammer blows this year to the European Union and its politics of austerity. Spain too will be holding a general election ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on John Key and David Cameron

Tuesday, 20 January 2015, 10:04 am | Gordon Campbell

This week, Prime Minister John Key was reportedly invited to join a private birthday celebration for the young daughter of British PM David Cameron. They’re that close, the Keys and the Camerons. For years now, David Cameron has been the closest available ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Ian Fletcher resignation & GCSB's new role

Thursday, 15 January 2015, 9:47 am | Gordon Campbell

Like most events in security intelligence, the resignation for “family reasons” of GCSB boss Ian Fletcher has got (a) a simple straightforward explanation and (b) a complex, conspiratorial one. It may well be that after being shoulder-tapped in ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Charlie Hebdo killings and response

Monday, 12 January 2015, 11:37 am | Gordon Campbell

Now that the Kouachi brothers have made their Butch-and-Sundance dash for martyrdom, and now that the millions have marched in Paris and elsewhere to defend the Republic…. the events of the past week remain no closer to any comforting resolution. Some have ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the dumping of bad news at Christmas

Monday, 22 December 2014, 11:14 am | Gordon Campbell

If the government really did have good tidings of great joy you can bet it wouldn’t be strewing them about at Christmas time – which is, traditionally, the dumping ground for terrible news that the government fervently hopes the public will be too ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Pakistan schoolchildren killings

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 10:56 am | Gordon Campbell

The slaughter of the children in Pakistan is incomprehensibly awful. On the side, it has thrown a spotlight onto something that’s become a pop cultural meme. Fans of the Homeland TV series will be well aware of the collusion between sections of ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Sydney siege, and DHB budget cuts

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 10:05 am | Gordon Campbell

Whenever the authorities bring a siege situation to an end, there will be criticism if – as has happened in Sydney – any hostages are seriously hurt, or killed. The rationale for the Police decision to storm the café in Sydney will emerge later ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on income inequality, and Christmas songs

Friday, 12 December 2014, 4:13 pm | Gordon Campbell

As 2014 grinds to a close, we probably didn’t need one more reminder of this government’s ability to stare reality in the face and declare black to be a very fine shade of white. As you’re probably aware, the OECD has just released a research report that ... More >>

Gordon Campbell: hurdles to an extradition treaty with China

Tuesday, 9 December 2014, 10:03 am | Gordon Campbell

So China’s President Xi wants New Zealand to help them to extradite ‘corrupt’ Chinese officials who have fled here with their ill-gotten gains. Hey, who isn’t against corruption? Prejudge the question in that fashion and you automatically end ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on oil prices, and the Eric Garner killing

Friday, 5 December 2014, 9:41 am | Gordon Campbell

While Labour and National fiddle around with the powers of the security services – and warrantless surveillance is still an outrage even if it lasts for only 24 hours, Andrew Little - the big international story this week has been the plunge ... More >>

Gordon Campbell: Labour prematurely declaring victory on SIS

Tuesday, 2 December 2014, 12:56 pm | Gordon Campbell

The use of cute labels to market bad ideas is what you do when running the country seems like a process similar to selling soap powder. So we probably shouldn’t be surprised that the Key government seems willing to drape its deployment in Iraq in ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Andrew Little, Mockingjay & drunk texting

Friday, 28 November 2014, 10:23 am | Gordon Campbell

John Key’s credibility has taken a hammering this week - at least among the 50% of the electorate who have always had doubts about him on that score. The other substantial story of the week has been about Andrew Little’s debut as Labour leader, which ... More >>

Gordon Campbell: govt arrogance, Ferguson & Police pursuits

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 10:24 am | Gordon Campbell

As anyone who’s ever encountered him around Parliament will verify, Chris Finlayson’s arrogance is matched only by his sense of self-esteem. On RNZ this morning though, he exceeded himself on both counts. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the inquiry on one case of dirty politics

Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 10:59 am | Gordon Campbell

Suddenly, we’re awash in inquiries and reviews. (It feels almost as if the Greens won the last election.) Caught out by the damning inquiry by SIS Inspector-General Cheryl Gwyn, the government’s response yesterday was utterly in character – it ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Rick Ellis as Te Papa’s new CEO

Monday, 24 November 2014, 10:49 am | Gordon Campbell

The recent appointment of former TVNZ boss Rick Ellis to head Te Papa has copped a fair bit of criticism . More >>

Gordon Campbell on the SAS role against Islamic State

Thursday, 20 November 2014, 11:19 am | Gordon Campbell

Could this news report serve to explain – in a nutshell – why Prime Minister John Key has not ruled out the SAS forming part of New Zealand’s contribution to the fight against Islamic State? From the New York Times a fortnight ago: With relatively ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Andrew Little’s victory

Wednesday, 19 November 2014, 10:25 am | Gordon Campbell

So Andrew Little has won the leadership – by the narrowest possible margin – from Grant Robertson, and has already been depicted by commentators as being simultaneously (a) the creature of the trade unions and (b) the most centrist of the four candidates, ... More >>

 

 

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