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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 >>

Gordon Campbell on the Dotcom emails

Wednesday, 16 July 2014, 10:38 am | Gordon Campbell

Back in 2010 at least, the email trail recently released to David Fisher of the NZ Herald shows that the Immigration Service had found an interesting niche in business migrants: people who (a) have $10 million or more spare change to invest in this ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the shonky Police statistics, and Gaza

Tuesday, 15 July 2014, 10:49 am | Gordon Campbell

When people systematically alter how being statistics are recorded in order to gain personal and organisational advantage, that’s usually when the Police get called in. Yet in the case of the burglary statistics in Counties-Manakau, it was the Police ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on TPP talks and the election in Afghanistan

Friday, 11 July 2014, 11:30 am | Gordon Campbell

As negotiators gather in Ottawa this week for the latest round of talks on the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal, the opposition to (a) the TPP deal itself and (b) the Trade Promotion Authority needed to pass it into US law is increasing within ... More >>

Gordon Campbell: today’s presidential elections in Indonesia

Wednesday, 9 July 2014, 10:49 am | Gordon Campbell

Indonesia is holding presidential elections later today. As usual, New Zealand seems completely uninterested in what happens in Indonesia – even though our huge neighbor is the world’s third biggest democracy and the largest Muslim country on the planet. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the BNP Paribas case, and Dotcom

Tuesday, 8 July 2014, 1:55 pm | Gordon Campbell

So the extradition hearing for Kim Dotcom has been delayed until next February. In another long running drama, a final deal on the Trans Pacific Partnership trade pact is hoped for by year’s end. If a TPP deal is completed by that date, US President ... More >>

 

 

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