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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 >>

Gordon Campbell on the govt stalling on health and safety

Tuesday, 9 June 2015, 10:28 am | Gordon Campbell

In the last five years, workplace accidents have killed nearly 300 workers in this country. Yesterday’s accident at a quarry in Canterbury once again demonstrates the serious and avoidable problem that New Zealand has with workplace health and ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the centre-left’s quest for 'credibility'

Friday, 5 June 2015, 10:23 am | Gordon Campbell

Yesterday, the Guardian published a long, fascinating account of the infighting and tactical manoeuvring within Ed Miliband’s UK Labour leadership team during the last eighteen months before their election defeat in May . More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Sepp Blatter resignation

Wednesday, 3 June 2015, 12:53 pm | Gordon Campbell

Any initial elation at Sepp Blatter’s resignation as the overlord of FIFA will be tempered by his declared intention to stay on until at least December and possibly March 2016, to enable his successor to be elected. Has FIFA got no existing succession ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Greens’ new co-leader, James Shaw

Tuesday, 2 June 2015, 10:18 am | Gordon Campbell

No doubt, the new Green Party co-leader James Shaw will be on the receiving end of a ton of advice in the coming weeks about what he ‘needs’ to do (and not do) in order to become more ‘credible’ – presumably, without losing any of the ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the FIFA scandal , and similar dirty deal

Thursday, 28 May 2015, 10:10 am | Gordon Campbell

Face it, it has been a very, very bad week for anyone who thinks that a) FIFA is a damn fine organisation run by guys who think football is the greatest game, and that they’d just like to do what they can to selflessly advance the sport they ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Cullen Review of our security services

Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 9:51 am | Gordon Campbell

Whatever the conflicts and point scoring between them on other issues, National and Labour have always spoken virtually as one on free trade and the role of the security services. Therefore, the recent appointment of former Labour Finance Minister Sir ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Budget 2015

Friday, 22 May 2015, 9:50 am | Gordon Campbell

From the outset, the slogan for yesterday’s Budget - “The Plan Is Working” – begged to be mocked. There’s actually a plan for the national economy? Who knew? And its been working for whom, exactly? Not for families in poverty, clearly. ... More >>

GC: The government’s belated moves on property speculation

Monday, 18 May 2015, 9:26 am | Gordon Campbell

Is it a property tax on capital gains or a capital gains tax on property? The Jesuitical distinctions in the government’s spin about its latest moves on property speculators are all about whether the government can claim that it jumped, or confess that it ... More >>

The latest good reason for dumping the monarchy

Friday, 15 May 2015, 9:33 am | Gordon Campbell

T he monarchy, the media and the masses is a threesome made in tabloid heaven, and it has seen a lot of action during this past month. The birth of Princess Charlotte, and then Prince Harry’s visit to New Zealand….To a quite embarrassing extent, ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the death knell for the TPP

Wednesday, 13 May 2015, 10:32 am | Gordon Campbell

It is unusual for anyone to vote for an early execution, but that’s effectively what President Barack Obama’s friends in the US Senate have just done by bringing forward a procedural vote related to the Trans Pacific Partnership. If all had gone ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on lessons for Labour from the UK election

Monday, 11 May 2015, 9:13 am | Gordon Campbell

If the polls were right – and the pollsters kept telling us how accurate they’d been in 2010, and even Nate Silver was getting the same results - there seemed no way that the British Labour Party could lose last Thursday’s British election. ... More >>

 

 

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