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Gordon Campbell on privatizing education, and the Amen Break

Thursday, 29 September 2016, 11:05 am | Gordon Campbell

H ere’s a link to a brilliant piece by the Aussie economist John Quiggin - occasionally of this parish – about the failures of the market when it comes to the delivery of social programmes . More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Key style of crisis management

Tuesday, 27 September 2016, 12:43 pm | Gordon Campbell

O bviously, anyone paying much attention in recent weeks has been serially appalled/amazed/cynically amused by The Great Fish Dumping Fiasco, and the evidence of top Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) officials being caught in email flagrante saying such stuff as… ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Judith Collins’ self correction

Monday, 26 September 2016, 10:40 am | Gordon Campbell

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Thousands more who have been released (and who served ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on our posturing at the UN

Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 10:31 am | Gordon Campbell

H ey, how hard is to be John Key? Not very. Yesterday in New York for instance, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home such as ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the damage of deregulation

Tuesday, 20 September 2016, 12:10 pm | Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell on the damage de-regulation is doing to fisheries and education, plus Kate Tempest First published on Werewolf More >>

Gordon Campbell on welfare blackmail, and drugs in sport

Thursday, 15 September 2016, 1:49 pm | Gordon Campbell

S o, in order to chase up the fathers (and in a few rare cases, the mothers) who may be dodging their responsibility for paying child support… WINZ is evidently willing to blackmail the parent who is doing the actual caring, and thereby push ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the government’s selective lethargy

Tuesday, 13 September 2016, 10:16 am | Gordon Campbell

W hen it feels so inclined, the Key government can put its foot down hard on the accelerator. Time and again the period for public submissions (and the scrutiny of them by MPs) has been drastically shortened , supposedly so that a busy government ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on The Rise of the Sewbots

Friday, 9 September 2016, 10:58 am | Gordon Campbell

O f late, we’ve all heard a lot of anxious media talk about how automation is poised to wipe out the white collar office jobs on which middle class incomes and lifestyles depend. The looming social upheaval forms a big part of the argument for ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on housing illusions, and Trump libertarians

Wednesday, 7 September 2016, 11:01 am | Gordon Campbell

S o Auckland’s average house price has now topped a million dollars and in her usual role as flak catcher and diversion from such headlines, Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett has rushed out a puny funding boost for community housing. More >>

Gordon Campbell on government complacency, and Mother Teresa

Tuesday, 6 September 2016, 9:51 am | Gordon Campbell

H ousing crisis, what housing crisis. The inquiry into homelessness? Yawn. That didn’t tell John Key anything he didn’t already know . More >>

Gordon Campbell on Apple’s unpaid tax issues

Thursday, 1 September 2016, 10:02 am | Gordon Campbell

R eportedly, Apple owes Ireland $US14 billion in unpaid taxes, plus interest. Not that Ireland seems to want the reputational risk involved in the terrifying role that the European Commission has just landed it with. Yikes. In the wake of Brexit, ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the challenges of Keytruda funding

Wednesday, 31 August 2016, 11:44 am | Gordon Campbell

A ll year, the availability of the new generation of anti-cancer drugs in New Zealand has been driven by political decisions, as much as by medical ones. Because patients with advanced melanomas made a lot of the initial public fuss, Pharmac and its political ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Judith Collins charm offensive

Tuesday, 30 August 2016, 11:09 am | Gordon Campbell

S uddenly, Judith Collins is everyone’s new best friend. It isn’t an election year, but the Corrections/Police Minister is treating 2016 as an opportunity for a political makeover. The former stern-faced law and order toughie (and dodgy Oravida ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the end game in Spain

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 11:44 am | Gordon Campbell

O ne of the issues to do with the Fairfax/NZME media merger proposal is the decline in (a) news gathering and in (b) news analysis likely to follow in its wake. That decline is already pretty evident not only in the lack of coverage of the enduring ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on special needs education funding changes

Tuesday, 23 August 2016, 11:33 am | Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell on the funding changes in special needs education, and Uber First published on Werewolf More >>

Gordon Campbell on the waning fever for the Olympics

Monday, 22 August 2016, 10:25 am | Gordon Campbell

A ccording to the spin merchants and others with an interest in whipping up an audience, these have been our most successful Olympics ever. Huzzah! Yet given that the public spent more money (circa $215 million since the London Olympics) to send our biggest ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on China steel dumping, and the 60s revival

Friday, 19 August 2016, 10:54 am | Gordon Campbell

G uess who isn’t taking any visible action to ensure New Zealand isn’t damaged by China dumping its state-subsidized steel glut cheaply here? Here’s what the European Union has put in place : More >>

Gordon Campbell on Havelock North’s water issues

Wednesday, 17 August 2016, 11:37 am | Gordon Campbell

Having belatedly advised the people of Havelock North about the pollution of their water supply, the local authorities seem to be prematurely claiming to see light at the end of the tunnel . More >>

Gordon Campbell on politicising the war on drugs in sport

Monday, 15 August 2016, 11:11 am | Gordon Campbell

I ronically, the media coverage of the Olympics has been a sterling example of the rabid nationalism that the Olympics were supposed to transcend. So far, its been all about us and our medals and/or our ninth or 27th or 39th place effort. Still, ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on electricity pricing and Aleppo

Friday, 12 August 2016, 11:03 am | Gordon Campbell

I f the Reserve Bank has seemed this week like a ghost of the 1990s trying to re-discover its interest rate mojo, the Electricity Authority seems to be hellbent on a 1980s revival. You know, the days when the New Wave Monetary Romantics like Roger Douglas ... More >>

 

 

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