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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 >>

Gordon Campbell on Australia scoring trade points with China

Tuesday, 18 November 2014, 5:03 pm | Gordon Campbell

It hasn’t been a great year for Trade Minister Tim Groser. The Trans Pacific Partnership deal has been deadlocked all year, amidst increasingly desperate attempts to jawbone it towards the finishing line. More >>

Gordon Campbell on training efforts against fundamentalism

Friday, 14 November 2014, 10:04 am | Gordon Campbell

As New Zealand scopes out the training role that we’re likely to play in Iraq next year against Islamic State, we should perhaps be keeping in mind the last time our troops got involved in a training and support role against Islamic extremists. More >>

Gordon Campbell on Labour’s next leader and Putin’s problems

Wednesday, 12 November 2014, 10:35 am | Gordon Campbell

Now that the Labour leadership pageant has finally ground to a halt, the voting (and the guesswork about the likely result) can begin in earnest. At this point, no one really has a clue as to who will be announced as the winner next Tuesday, but the ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the govt’s responses to Islamic State

Monday, 10 November 2014, 1:12 pm | Gordon Campbell

Despite having had months to prepare its story about the threat allegedly posed by Islamic State, the government’s rationale for its line of response is looking increasingly shabby. More >>

Gordon Campbell on our IS counter measures and the TPP

Thursday, 6 November 2014, 10:31 am | Gordon Campbell

There are two dimensions to the security measures announced yesterday: (a) the deployment of New Zealand forces in ‘training” roles inside Iraq, and (b) the expansion of SIS powers to monitor and intercept any budding jihadis here at home. More >>

Gordon Campbell: Greens MP James Shaw & ecumenical politics

Tuesday, 4 November 2014, 10:45 am | Gordon Campbell

Every now and then Parliament gets an MP who is regarded kindly by those in the opposing ranks as being a basically good sort who, if only given the proper life chances, could well have ended up on their side of the House. More >>

Gordon Campbell on bad labour laws and poor safety practices

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 2:16 pm | Gordon Campbell

By co-incidence, one of the prime dangers of the government’s new employment relations law has been underlined by the release of the death and injury statistics among workers at New Zealand ports. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the TPP finishing line, and Amazon’s woes

Tuesday, 28 October 2014, 10:08 am | Gordon Campbell

If the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal wasn’t such a serious matter, this would be pretty funny. Here’s Trade Minister Tim Groser on RNZ this morning: The finish line for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement is in sight after ... More >>

 

 

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