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On Cancel Culture And The ‘hate Speech’ Laws

Friday, 14 May 2021, 11:53 am | Gordon Campbell

If there really is anyone out there who feels genuinely panicked about what ‘cancel culture' is doing to our precious freedoms, then maybe they should just take a deep breath, look hard at who has allegedly been ‘ cancelled’ and see if they can ... More >>

On The Compelling Case For Meatless Meat

Wednesday, 12 May 2021, 11:59 am | Gordon Campbell

Talk about living in a bubble. As vegetarianism and veganism become normalised – there are more options on restaurant menus! - it can be easy to think that the whole world is gradually giving up on meat. Alas, the reverse is true. Americans for instance More >>

Gordon Campbell On Why Fair Pay Agreements Should Be Embraced

Monday, 10 May 2021, 1:16 pm | Gordon Campbell

Are Fair Pay Agreements (FPAs) truly the work of the devil? Given the vehement response to them last week by (a) employer groups and (b) by their parliamentary friends on the extreme right, you could be forgiven for thinking these FPA things will mean ... More >>

On Yesterday’s Big Parliamentary Air Kiss To China

Thursday, 6 May 2021, 10:07 am | Gordon Campbell

In order to obtain support from the two major parties, Act Party deputy leader Brooke Van Velden twice had to soften the language of her parliamentary motion yesterday condemning China’s persecution of the Uighurs. The key word “genocide” was ... More >>

On Our Determination To Ignore China’s Human Rights Abuses

Tuesday, 4 May 2021, 9:46 am | Gordon Campbell

For nearly two decades, New Zealand has been juggling our dependency on China when it comes to trade, while expecting our traditional allies to look after our defence and security needs. Yet the scale of China’s human rights abuses has added a new ... More >>

On Collins’ Desperation, And Joe Biden’s Left-wing Image

Monday, 3 May 2021, 11:13 am | Gordon Campbell

The difficulty with translating the Treaty partnership into the realities of parliamentary rule is that at best, Maori have been treated only as co-pilots, still flying on captain’s orders. Yet if we have learned anything in the past 180 years, it is ... More >>

On How The Animals Fare Within A Racing Industry In Decline

Thursday, 29 April 2021, 9:47 am | Gordon Campbell

Somehow, the office sweepstake on the Melbourne Cup is still likely to be a thing, even in the year 2021. Probably though, most non-punters would have missed the news that leaked out on Tuesday about the Victoria Racing Club’s investigation into ... More >>

On The Demonisation Of Film And TV Subsidies

Tuesday, 27 April 2021, 2:58 pm | Gordon Campbell

Yesterday’s big winner at the Oscars was Chinese-American director Chloe Zhao and her film Nomadland …. And Weta Digital happens to be listed here among the post-production facilities that have been working on Zhao’s next film, the mega-budget More >>

On Welcoming The Major Health Reforms

Wednesday, 21 April 2021, 9:59 am | Gordon Campbell

Usually “reform” of government agencies is a cost cutting exercise in disguise, but this morning’s revision of the health system looks totally different. These reforms amount to the biggest shake-up of the health system since the neo-liberal ... More >>

On The Implications Of The Travel Bubble

Tuesday, 20 April 2021, 10:06 am | Gordon Campbell

  Amidst the coverage of the hugs and kisses and reunion tears one hates to be a killjoy… But there has been little attention paid to the pattern of travel we’re likely to see with the Trans-tasman bubble. Clearly, there has been a lot ... More >>

On The Erebus Memorial In Parnell

Wednesday, 14 April 2021, 1:19 pm | Gordon Campbell

Social media can be a wonderful tool for bringing people together in a common cause. It can also be a seedbed and spreader of mis-information on a community-wide scale. To which category do the protests against the siting of an Erebus memorial (to the ... More >>

On Labour Refusing To Lead A Progressive Drugs Policy

Tuesday, 13 April 2021, 10:20 am | Gordon Campbell

Once again, Labour has chosen not to use (a) its parliamentary majority and (b) the huge mandate it was given at the last election in order to (c) bring about progressive social change. Once again, Labour seems to regard its main purpose for being in power ... More >>

On Why Raising Corporate Taxes Has Become A Hot New Political Cause

Friday, 9 April 2021, 10:40 am | Gordon Campbell

Surprisingly, “raising taxes” has become a very fashionable political idea in 2021. That’s right. After decades of being seen (at best) as a necessary evil, higher corporate taxes are now being treated as the Great Good Thing that will revive ... More >>

On Bubble Economics, And The New Pro-gun, Pro-hunting Firearms Panel

Wednesday, 7 April 2021, 11:10 am | Gordon Campbell

The travel bubble with Australia will throw a lifeline to tourism operators, who have first-hand experience that thrifty domestic tourists are no real substitute for the free spending visitors from offshore. According to the Global Data research ... More >>

On How The Tourism Industry Pressured The Government To Create The Travel Bubble

Tuesday, 6 April 2021, 12:18 pm | Gordon Campbell

Today is when the fate (and date) of the trans-Tasman travel bubble will be announced by PM Jacinda Ardern and -already– Opposition leader Judith Colins has been demanding that the bubble needs to be put in place this week, or else. How come, Collins complained ... More >>

On The Battle To Bring Some Humanity Into Amazon’s Work Practices

Wednesday, 31 March 2021, 10:07 am | Gordon Campbell

Whenever we use Amazon for online shopping delivery, we should feel guilty. The company’s labour practices are notoriously unsafe. Shop floor employees in Amazon warehouses are required to work punishing ten to 12 hour shifts that routinely require ... More >>

On Why China’s Pact With Iran Is A Big Deal, And Why A Vaccination Target Isn’t

Monday, 29 March 2021, 12:12 pm | Gordon Campbell

One of the most significant developments in global politics in a generation has flown in almost entirely beneath the radar of the Western media. On Saturday, Iran and China officially signed a 25 year, $400 billion co-operation pact. As one expert ... More >>

On Labour’s Less Than Radical Housing Package

Friday, 26 March 2021, 10:27 am | Gordon Campbell

Houses are now like Bitcoin with a street address, a speculative currency priced beyond the reach of ordinary humans. The public is not impressed. Don’t tell Judith Collins, but the polls indicate that more Kiwis would support a meaningful capital ... More >>

On Why Emirates Team New Zealand Is A Really, Really Bad Look

Wednesday, 24 March 2021, 10:27 am | Gordon Campbell

Now that the patriotic frenzy has died down, maybe we should all look in the mirror and reconsider the implications of our America’s Cup victory being won by a team called “Emirates Team New Zealand”? It would not be xenophobic to do so. Arguably, ... More >>

On Why Re-defining “Terrorism” Won’t Make Us Any Safer

Monday, 22 March 2021, 11:59 am | Gordon Campbell

All very well to talk about “modernising” our terrorism legislation (hey, it was written back in 2002 in the wake of 9/11) in order to target violent white nationalist groups. True enough, our current list of designated terrorist organisations does ... More >>