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On the perils of using PPPs to meet Auckland’s roading needs

Thursday, 26 April 2018, 1:42 pm | Gordon Campbell

More than once, the coalition government has ruled out using public private partnerships (PPPs) to fund the country’s infrastructure needs in health and education – apparently private profiteering in those areas is recognised as being undesirable. Not the same ... More >>

On why France could become our closest ally in Europe

Tuesday, 24 April 2018, 10:22 am | Gordon Campbell

As PM Jacinda Ardern returns from a triumphant tour to Britain and the capitals of Europe, her officials have probably begun to assess what the more substantive gains from the trip might have been. Most of the chatter has been about potential trade ... More >>

On Thompson+ Clark, and Russia’s FIFA World Cup

Friday, 20 April 2018, 11:12 am | Gordon Campbell

Daily, the coalition government keeps running into examples of the toxic legacy left behind by National – and just as regularly, even the simple fixes are proving stubbornly difficult to enact. Take the case of the security firm Thompson + Clark, which has ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the GCSB’s security hang-up with Russia

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 11:58 am | Gordon Campbell

So our GCSB has chimed in, alongside its British, Australian and US allies, with warnings about a “fresh wave” of Russian cyber attacks, although the warning has been curiously framed : More >>

On the chemical weapons attack (and response) in Syria

Tuesday, 17 April 2018, 12:59 pm | Gordon Campbell

The past week’s headlines about the chemical attacks in Syria - and the military response by the US, France and Britain - have tended to overshadow a few of the downstream outcomes. For starters, the chemical weapons assault on Douma seems to have succeeded ... More >>

On the prevailing media narratives about the Govt coalition

Monday, 16 April 2018, 2:07 pm | Gordon Campbell

The media reports the facts…. but that’s not the end of it, and nor should it be. It also marshals those facts and creates a story from them, usually one with a moral that’s implied or explicit. After six months though, it is still unclear ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Hit&Run inquiry

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 2:50 pm | Gordon Campbell

So there is to be a government inquiry into the 2010 raid on an Afghan village, as described in the Nicky Hager/Jon Stephenson book Hit & Run. Good news, and the inquiry has been welcomed by Hager. Yet with the best will in the world, such an ... More >>

On Labour’s timidity, and the temporary outrage over Syria

Tuesday, 10 April 2018, 12:21 pm | Gordon Campbell

What an odd post-Cabinet press conference that was yesterday, from PM Jacinda Ardern and Finance Minister Grant Robertson. Overall, it was like hearing from the flight desk that the plane was losing pressure, one of the wings had been showing signs ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on racial profiling at Immigration NZ

Friday, 6 April 2018, 11:33 am | Gordon Campbell

So Immigration New Zealand has been using racial profiling to guide its decisions on which kinds of immigrants it should deport. More >>

Gordon Campbell on making our roads safer, less congested

Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 10:46 am | Gordon Campbell

If Auckland wants a better, modern transport system – and if the rest of the country wants safer roads that kill and injure fewer people every year – then this will cost money, and all of us will need to make sacrifices to pay for it. The ‘do nothing’ ... More >>

On Middlemore Hospital as a symptom of neglect

Tuesday, 3 April 2018, 11:27 am | Gordon Campbell

Week by week, the sheer scale of the neglect to crucial social infrastructure by the Key/English government becomes apparent – and with it the size (and expense) of the problems they’ve left behind, for the Ardern government to somehow address. ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the looming Hit & Run inquiry

Thursday, 29 March 2018, 10:13 am | Gordon Campbell

It now seems certain the government will be launching an independent inquiry (after Easter) into the allegations contained in the Hit & Run book, and related matters. At the post-Cabinet press conference this week, PM Jacinda Ardern confirmed to Werewolf ... More >>

On the hype about the Reserve Bank’s new governor

Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 11:35 am | Gordon Campbell

It is time for the ritual handover at the Reserve Bank. Sometime today, Adrian Orr will don the gubernatorial undergarments, drain the Goblet of Knowledge and be led down, down the spiral staircase to confront the Beast of Inflation in its lair, believed ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on a trade war with China

Friday, 23 March 2018, 1:29 pm | Gordon Campbell

A s things currently stand, the White House has NOT included New Zealand on its list of allies whose steel and aluminium exports to the US will be exempted from US President Donald Trump’s recent hike in tariffs. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the PM’s Indonesian guest and West Papua

Thursday, 15 March 2018, 11:39 am | Gordon Campbell

A s David Lange once said, it is almost impossible to get New Zealand to think about Indonesia, the huge nation sitting right on our doorstep. The visit to this country early next week by Indonesian president Joko Widodo won’t change that situation, ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Winston Peters' cozying up to Trump

Tuesday, 13 March 2018, 11:44 am | Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell on Winston Peters' attempts to cozy up to Trump, and to Russia First published on Werewolf More >>

Gordon Campbell on Police pursuits

Monday, 12 March 2018, 10:50 am | Gordon Campbell

T he willingness of the Police to play Russian roulette with public safety via its current policy on pursuits continues to end in carnage: three dead in Nelson, two in the speeding car, and one member of the public unlucky enough to be in the wrong ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the #MeToo movement in Sweden

Thursday, 8 March 2018, 1:35 pm | Gordon Campbell

I n the week leading up to International Women’s Day (today!) the Oscars enabled the rich and famous to do what elites can usefully do: namely, they can shine a spotlight on the attitudes and practices that oppress women, blacks, Hispanics and indigenous ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the departure of Steven Joyce

Wednesday, 7 March 2018, 10:49 am | Gordon Campbell

I n the end, the party leadership left the loaded revolver on Steven Joyce’s desk, and he did the decent thing. Amy Adams as Finance spokesperson will now become the main “change” element in the generational shift promised by new party leader ... More >>

Gordon Campbell: Our unthinking readiness to confront China

Tuesday, 6 March 2018, 12:35 pm | Gordon Campbell

I n New Zealand, trade is viewed solely through the lens of the economy, alone. Other countries – our friends and rivals alike – regard trade deals from a far more sophisticated mindset (as an adjunct of diplomacy and defence ) and proceed ... More >>

   

 

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