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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 >>

Gordon Campbell on the token boost to elective surgery

Thursday, 7 May 2015, 9:53 am | Gordon Campbell

The pre-Budget package breaks down to $48 million for elective orthopaedic surgery over four years – plus the re-announcement of an election campaign pledge to spend a further $50 million upon (a) a range of general surgeries (some of which will be ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on why Miliband will be the next British PM

Tuesday, 5 May 2015, 10:12 am | Gordon Campbell

The Britain that goes to the polls on Thursday looks awfully familiar to anyone from New Zealand. In Britain too, a smooth but vacuous technocrat (David Cameron) leads a government whose prime policy allegiance seems to be to its financial services ... More >>

Gordon Campbell Key’s abuse of secrecy over Iraq & The TPP

Thursday, 30 April 2015, 10:11 am | Gordon Campbell

For the past week or so we’ve been hearing a lot about the child-like side of our Prime Minister . So I guess we shouldn’t be too surprised that if you put him on the mat in Dubai, he will say the darndest things. Here’s what happened. During ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Indonesia’s latest round of executions

Wednesday, 29 April 2015, 10:18 am | Gordon Campbell

To no-one’s real surprise , Indonesia has carried out its second wave of executions this year. Given the varied nationalities of the drug convicts put to death – from Africa, Australia and South America – Indonesia’s relatively new President Joko ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the hair-pulling finale and Gallipoli

Friday, 24 April 2015, 10:24 am | Gordon Campbell

Don’t know about you, but when hi-jinks and horsing around are going on, my understanding is that everyone involved is supposed to be having a good time. Those terms don’t apply to a situation where one person with immense power is harassing someone with ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the PM's Hair-Pulling Power Trip

Thursday, 23 April 2015, 10:22 am | Gordon Campbell

There have been striking differences between (a) the account of the waitress involved in the hair-pulling incidents, and (b) the account being given by Prime Minister John Key. The version by the waitress is available here and is recommended to anyone ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Obama's key battle over the TPP

Tuesday, 21 April 2015, 9:57 am | Gordon Campbell

For the past two and a half years , this column has been arguing that the fate of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal will hinge on whether US President Barack Obama can win Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) from Congress. This so called ‘fast ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Reserve Bank and Auckland Housing

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 10:53 am | Gordon Campbell

The ‘crisis – what crisis ?’ response by the government to the Auckland housing price bubble is no longer acceptable. So says Reserve Bank governor Grant Spencer – who used unusually frank language in his speech and subsequent interviews yesterday ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on UE pass rates & university dropout rates

Tuesday, 14 April 2015, 10:35 am | Gordon Campbell

Houston, there is clearly a problem with (a) the plunge in pass rates for University Entrance qualifications, which has been especially steep among Maori students and also a problem with (b) the failure rates for Maori students among those who reach ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the demise of Campbell Live

Friday, 10 April 2015, 9:44 am | Gordon Campbell

The imminent axeing of Campbell Live has been the inevitable outcome of a mindset which considers only (a) declining ratings which impact on (b) advertising revenue, which are then offset against (c) the production cost of doing news and current affairs ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on a union victory in the fast food industry

Thursday, 9 April 2015, 10:30 am | Gordon Campbell

Good to have a reminder of why trade unions are still essential in the 21st century. The scrapping of zero hour contract provisions by the Restaurant Brand group – which owns the KFC, Pizza Hut, Starbucks and Carl’s Junior fast food outlets – ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on parity with Australia & disarming Israel

Tuesday, 7 April 2015, 9:35 am | Gordon Campbell

As the New Zealand dollar edges towards parity with the Aussie dollar, it seems facile to treat this as some game of Transtasman arm-wrestling that yay, we’re winning. The political rhetoric is all about our economic “strength” versus their ... More >>

Gordon Campbell: The inadequate response to sexual violence

Wednesday, 1 April 2015, 11:13 am | Gordon Campbell

On combatting sexual violence, the government has finally begun to undo some of the problems that were of its own making. Early in March, ACC launched the Integrated Services for Sensitive Claims scheme – a package aimed at improving the attitudes ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Northland by-election

Monday, 30 March 2015, 10:14 am | Gordon Campbell

Supposedly, Winston Peters’ victory in Northland has exposed the simmering dissatisfaction with the government that exists out in the provinces. Yet it remains to be seen whether this defeat will have much significance – and not simply because if and when Labour ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on a funeral in Asia and Northland

Friday, 27 March 2015, 10:58 am | Gordon Campbell

Supposedly, New Zealand’s destiny lies in Asia, and that was one of Foreign Minister Murray McCully’s rationales for his bungled reforms at MFAT. OK. So, if that’s the case why didn’t Prime Minister John Key - who was already in South Korea - ... More >>

 

 

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