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Gordon Campbell on John Key’s ‘blame it on Judith’ strategy

Monday, 1 September 2014, 10:50 am | Gordon Campbell

Right now, Prime Minister John Key seems intent on limiting the scope of any inquiry into his government’s dealings with Cameron Slater. The declared aim is to make that inquiry solely about Judith Collins’ behavior with respect to the Serious ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on last night’s debate, and Collins

Friday, 29 August 2014, 10:28 am | Gordon Campbell

Debating is a peculiar discipline in that what you say is less important than how you’re saying it. Looking poised, being articulate and staying on topic generally wins the day – and on that score, Labour leader David Cunliffe won what turned ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Peters’ latest bout of immigrant bashing

Thursday, 28 August 2014, 9:48 am | Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell on Winston Peters’ latest bout of immigrant bashing, and Bob Dylan in the basement (again) More >>

Gordon Campbell on the US somersaults over Syria and Iran

Tuesday, 26 August 2014, 10:11 am | Gordon Campbell

Amidst the day-to-day reports about the military advances of the Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria, one remarkable aspect of this war has barely been mentioned. Namely, the complete 180 degree turn of US foreign policy whereby its former enemies – ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on National’s housing assistance plan

Monday, 25 August 2014, 9:51 am | Gordon Campbell

So, as many as 90,000 people could derive some benefit from National’s housing assistance plans for low and middle-income earners. As much as $218 million might be spent on the programme that was announced yesterday by Prime Minister John Key. ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on mud slinging and name-calling

Thursday, 21 August 2014, 10:32 am | Gordon Campbell

The media, as its critics regularly point out, is far too easily diverted by political sideshows and slanging matches, from its duty to cover the real issues. Yet this week gave an interesting example of how hard it is to untangle the reality from the ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on no more Mr Nice Guy

Tuesday, 19 August 2014, 10:07 am | Gordon Campbell

When future historians seek to identify the exact moment when the prime ministerial career of John Key hit the downward slope, they may well point to Key’s interview yesterday with Guyon Espiner on RNZ’s Morning Report. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the ongoing fallout from Hager's book

Friday, 15 August 2014, 9:55 am | Gordon Campbell

Call me old-fashioned, but ad hominem attacks have almost seemed the last refuge of a scoundrel. That doesn’t mean you can’t reach a conclusion or make a judgement call – but you need to be guided by the evidence. More >>

Gordon Campbell on Nicky Hager’s new book

Thursday, 14 August 2014, 10:32 am | Gordon Campbell

According to Minister of Everything Steven Joyce – whose duties now extend to fielding questions about Nicky Hager’s new book Dirty Politics - Hager has got it all wrong, and the apparent collusion recorded in its pages between the prime minister’s office ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on dropping bait for election coverage

Wednesday, 13 August 2014, 10:59 am | Gordon Campbell

Getting yourself criticised by the educated elite is a well-worn path to electoral success in this country, dating all the way back to Rob Muldoon and the Citizens for Rowling campaign, which played right into his hands. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the US rescue mission in Iraq

Monday, 11 August 2014, 10:48 am | Gordon Campbell

It isn’t often that unilateral US bombing raids within a foreign country can be supported, but the current US bombing campaign in northern Iraq is one such case. The fighters of the Islamic State (IS) appear to be intent on committing genocide ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Internet Mana’s swearing video

Friday, 8 August 2014, 1:52 pm | Gordon Campbell

Hand on heart time, folks. At any time in the past six years, has the thought “ F+++ John Key” ever crossed your mind? I know it has crossed mine, from time to time. I think it was about the time that he sold down everyone’s shares in our ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Gaza truce, and ‘human shields’

Friday, 8 August 2014, 1:13 pm | Gordon Campbell

While the truce in Gaza allows time for negotiations on a more lasting solution, the current signs emerging from the Israeli side are not encouraging. Gaza has been devastated. It has no functioning water supply or electricity system and many, many ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Winston Peters as an endangered species

Wednesday, 6 August 2014, 11:02 am | Gordon Campbell

It is still anyone’s guess which major party will Winston Peters support after Election Day 2014, though suspicions are rife. But if we’re being reduced to guesswork, it seems more rewarding to speculate on the chances that New Zealand First will not ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on how Gaza affects our UN bid

Tuesday, 5 August 2014, 10:38 am | Gordon Campbell

At an international level, the Key government is waging another election campaign right now, to win a temporary seat on the UN Security Council. So far, the government’s tepid response to the carnage in Gaza has done nothing but erode our only real selling ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the rise of ISIS, and Labour

Friday, 1 August 2014, 11:19 am | Gordon Campbell

While global attention got distracted by the fate of MH17 and the atrocities in Gaza, the world’s other mega ‘bad news’ story – the rise of ISIS-led fundamentalism in Iraq - has reached a tipping point. More >>

Gordon Campbell on National’s electorate deals

Tuesday, 29 July 2014, 9:13 am | Gordon Campbell

For all the talk yesterday from Prime Minister John Key about National being transparent about its electorate deals in Epsom and Ohariu, that transparency is entirely front-loaded. Yes, we know a lot about how Act and United Future are going to get into Parliament, ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Gaza and burning the Israeli flag

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 10:48 am | Gordon Campbell

One of the selling points in New Zealand’s campaign for a temporary seat on the Security Council is that we have a pluckily independent voice to offer on international conflicts. This image is not entirely self-delusional. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the non-apology to Tania Billingsley

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 10:04 am | Gordon Campbell

The refusal by Prime Minister John Key to issue a personal apology to Tania Billingsley has been accompanied by an array of excuses. Yes, there are judicial proceedings to be considered, as well an “independent inquiry” into how the incident was ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the failure to prosecute the GCSB

Friday, 18 July 2014, 9:50 am | Gordon Campbell

So one hand of the state – the Independent Police Conduct Authority - has now washed the hands of its brother agencies, and declared that all hands are clean. Case closed. Does anyone feel re-assured by this exercise in familial self-exoneration? More >>

 

 

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