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Is Kaiser Bill alive and well in the White House?

Tuesday, 17 October 2017, 3:32 pm | Gordon Campbell

T he Passchendaele centenary commemorations were held last week. Amid the military rituals, there was a notable lack of commentary on the imperial platitudes that sent those young soldiers off to kill and be killed. That seems unacceptable, today. Even ... More >>

What does Winston Peters want his legacy to be?

Thursday, 12 October 2017, 10:58 am | Gordon Campbell

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word. In reality, Peters will have power only up to the point that he uses it. By next week, he’ll have become ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Peters’ end game in the coalition talks

Thursday, 5 October 2017, 11:35 am | Gordon Campbell

W e’re now entering the Agatha Christie phase of the coalition negotiations, given that all the main characters have been summoned to the drawing room today by M. Hercule Peters. Although the resolution of the plot will take a few days yet, one can bet ... More >>

Gordon Campbell: Which way will New Zealand First jump?

Thursday, 28 September 2017, 12:16 pm | Gordon Campbell

How relevant will Peters treat his own party policy to his final decision? by Gordon Campbell More >>

Gordon Campbell: PPPs are Steven Joyce’s new imaginary friend

Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 12:16 pm | Gordon Campbell

L ike the kid in that Bruce Willis movie who could see dead people, Finance Minister Steven Joyce can see stuff (like holes in Labour budgets) that no-one else can see. So maybe it shouldn’t be all that surprising that Joyce can also see ‘efficiencies’ ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the election result and likely road ahead

Monday, 25 September 2017, 12:12 pm | Gordon Campbell

A government led by Bill English and Winston Peters would be a more conservative one – particularly on social issues – than any we experienced during the Key years. If, say, Peters’ oft repeated call for a referendum on the Maori seats becomes ... More >>

Gordon Campbell: Gareth Morgan, In His Own Words

Thursday, 21 September 2017, 12:52 pm | Gordon Campbell

S ome people are thinking of voting for Gareth Morgan on Saturday, and some already have. In a tight election and during a week when we’re celebrating the suffrage, that - arguably - doesn’t make a lot of sense, at least to anyone on the centre-left. ... More >>

Gordon Campbell: Ten Reasons For Not Voting National

Monday, 18 September 2017, 4:33 pm | Gordon Campbell

F aith-based voting is the norm, in that we tend to select the election messages that best fit with our deeply held beliefs. Routinely, faith trumps the evidence. There is, for instance, a doctrine that says National is better at managing the economy, ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on National’s Mickey Mouse policies on trade

Thursday, 14 September 2017, 12:37 pm | Gordon Campbell

S upposedly, trade is war by other means, and the rationale for it seems just as empty-headed. Once again, the free trade = good mantra was taken as a patriotic given in this morning’s RNZ interview with Trade Minister Todd McClay . Apparently, the ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the politics of fear and neglect

Wednesday, 13 September 2017, 12:00 pm | Gordon Campbell

In years to come this will be seen as a watershed election for New Zealand. Is the country able to embrace change and elect a government willing to tackle the serious problems we face in health, housing, education and income inequality - or will it ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the likely path of Hurricane Jacinda

Tuesday, 12 September 2017, 11:24 am | Gordon Campbell

So far, Labour’s tax plans have been treated like an incoming hurricane in the Caribbean – how big will it be, what path it take through the economy, how much damage will it do? Are these going to be gi-normous Category Five taxes that flatten ... More >>

Gordon Campbell On The Myth Of Conservative Economic Compete

Thursday, 7 September 2017, 1:21 pm | Gordon Campbell

T he phantom hole in the Labour books conjured up by Finance Minister Steven Joyce has been widely discredited, but facts were never all that relevant to Joyce. What mattered was feeding the myth that (a) National are the only reliable managers of ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on National’s fake news onslaught

Wednesday, 6 September 2017, 12:29 pm | Gordon Campbell

Can National succeed in lying its way into a fourth term of office? Given its entirely fictitious claims of a $11.7 billion hole in Labour’s alternative budget, it won’t be for lack of trying. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the US public’s attitude to nuclear war

Tuesday, 5 September 2017, 10:55 am | Gordon Campbell

Worried about North Korea? Feeling concerned that nuclear war could break out any day now, either intentionally or by accident caused by mutual misunderstandings? Luckily, and despite the heated rhetoric, both sides are continuing to frame their ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on scrapping the rights of gang members

Monday, 4 September 2017, 12:18 pm | Gordon Campbell

S o, Police Minister Paula Bennett thinks some New Zealanders deserve “fewer human rights than others”. The New Zealanders now in the firing line being brown people, in gangs. To that end, National is promising to allow police to search cars and houses ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the funding crisis in the health system

Thursday, 31 August 2017, 12:18 pm | Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell on the funding crisis in the public health system First published on Werewolf More >>

Gordon Campbell on Winston Peters and MSD

Tuesday, 29 August 2017, 2:03 pm | Gordon Campbell

R elatively speaking, it is far more common for people to be underpaid by MSD thanks to bureaucratic error, or through being ill -informed by MSD about their true entitlements. The relatively low take-up rates for some targeted benefits is a genuine scandal. ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Greens' ongoing problems

Thursday, 24 August 2017, 11:10 am | Gordon Campbell

H ard to treat the Greens’ belated decision to stand a candidate in Ohariu as being anything other than a desperation move, by a party whose own leadership is evidently concerned about its chances of survival. Green candidates are not expected ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on DHB deficits and free trade

Wednesday, 23 August 2017, 12:37 pm | Gordon Campbell

C urrently the world is looking on aghast at the Trump administration’s plans to slash Obamacare, mainly in order to finance massive tax changes that will deliver most of their gains to the wealthy. Lives will be lost in the trade-off. Millions ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the life and times of Peter Dunne

Tuesday, 22 August 2017, 10:23 am | Gordon Campbell

I n the end, Mr Pragmatic calmly read the signs of impending defeat and went out on his own terms. You could use any number of clichés to describe Peter Dunne’s exit from Parliament. The unkind might talk of sinking ships, others could be more ... More >>

 

 

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