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On Why We Shouldn’t Be Pushed Into Re-opening Our Borders

Tuesday, 7 July 2020, 2:06 pm | Gordon Campbell

I believe in yesterday as much as Paul McCartney, but it was bemusing to see the amount of media attention lavished last week on the pandemic-related musings by former government science adviser Sir Peter Gluckman, former Prime Minister Helen Clark ... More >>

On The Clark Exit, Convention Centres, And The Killing Of Hachalu Hundessa

Friday, 3 July 2020, 11:30 am | Gordon Campbell

Goodbye, David Clark. In the end, the outgoing Health Minister decided that in the midst of a pandemic the best thing he could do for New Zealand would be to no longer be there – given that being there had involved hiving off on his mountain bike ... More >>

On Why Attack Isn’t Our Best Means Of Cyber-Defence

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 10:15 am | Gordon Campbell

This morning’s news that the SIS engaged in attacks on the Indian High Commission and Embassy of Iran during the late 1980s/early 1990s should come as no surprise. Down the years, there’s been an Orwellian tendency to depict the role of our spy ... More >>

On The Opaque Workings Of The Royal Commission Into The Mosque Shootings

Monday, 29 June 2020, 11:34 am | Gordon Campbell

As we heard on RNZ this morning, the Moslem community is looking to the Royal Commission of Inquiry Into The Attacks on Christchurch Mosques for answers about the motives of the shooter. And also about and the adequacy of the security services and Police ... More >>

On The Media Collusion With National’s Attack Lines

Friday, 26 June 2020, 10:59 am | Gordon Campbell

For most of the past week, any consumer of this country’s management of Covid-19 would think New Zealand was actually Brazil, or Texas. The media language has been full of claims of “botches” at the border, and laxness and inexcusable errors ... More >>

On Negating Covid-19 Success, And K-pop’s Links With Black Activism

Wednesday, 24 June 2020, 11:20 am | Gordon Campbell

National MP Michael Woodhouse took his party’s credibility to a new low this morning via his inability to prove his claim that a homeless man had managed to freeload for 14 days inside a quarantine hotel in Auckland. Perusal of the CCTV footage has ... More >>

On Managing Covid-19 Better Than The Australians, And The Ellis Case

Monday, 22 June 2020, 2:49 pm | Gordon Campbell

If anything the Covid-19 outbreaks occurring this week in and around Melbourne are a timely reminder of the bullet we dodged by not having a National government in power here. Ever since the onset of the pandemic, National has urged the Ardern government ... More >>

On Why Trump Is Unlikely To Get Re-elected

Friday, 19 June 2020, 11:26 am | Gordon Campbell

So… Is the world likely to have to endure a second term of Donald Trump’s proto-fascist presidency? Probably not, at this point. The opinion polls – both nationally and in some of the states most likely to deliver the Electoral College outcome – are More >>

On The Perils Of Making Damage Control Your Top Priority

Thursday, 18 June 2020, 11:07 am | Gordon Campbell

Surely, the only thing worse than making a serious mistake is to then try and minimise its implications – especially when the efforts at damage control seem highly likely to get shot to pieces. Yet somewhat incredibly, Health Ministry director-general ... More >>

On Labour’s List, And Our Victorian Monuments

Tuesday, 16 June 2020, 10:10 am | Gordon Campbell

We’re currently in the “phoney war” stage of the 2020 election campaign, before the contest begins in earnest. Yesterday’s release of Labour’s party list rankings has already been picked over – and yes, it is extremely odd that we live in a world More >>

On Allowing The Police To Use “Sponge” Bullets

Thursday, 11 June 2020, 2:04 pm | Gordon Campbell

Terminology can be SO important. Back when “non-lethal” bullets were first invented and became part of the weapons array available to US Police, they were called “ rubber bullets” rather than say, “plastic bullets” because “plastic” sounded ... More >>

On Why Women With Opinions Can Be SO Annoying

Wednesday, 10 June 2020, 11:38 am | Gordon Campbell

Good grief. Well, we shouldn’t be all that surprised at National MP Paul Goldsmith and his “ stick to your knitting” comment yesterday. Sexism and the National Party go together like love and marriage and the horse and carriage era to which ... More >>

On Level One, And Living With Predatory Markets

Tuesday, 9 June 2020, 9:59 am | Gordon Campbell

Welcome to Level One, earthlings. This is the new normality while the virus still roams beyond the border walls. Those borders will remain closed and guarded by quarantine for any entrants from outside, and while the Transtasman bubble remains an idea that ... More >>

On The Politics Of Using The Word “Fascist”

Thursday, 4 June 2020, 11:57 am | Gordon Campbell

“Fascist” is one of those labels with the ability to capsize any debate. Call your opponents “fascists” – or “agitators” or “terrorists” or “scum” and you’ve taken the option of mutual respect and compromise off the table. Interesting ... More >>

Gordon Campbell On The George Floyd Protests

Tuesday, 2 June 2020, 2:51 pm | Gordon Campbell

Poverty, discrimination and repeated acts of police brutality all help to explain the rage being expressed on the streets of American cities right now after the death of George Floyd but there is a more immediate cause as well : Decades of research ... More >>

On The Twitter Wars, And The Muller Muddles

Friday, 29 May 2020, 12:27 pm | Gordon Campbell

Whatever the failings of our own politicians, spare a kind thought for the majority of Americans who did not vote for Donald Trump. Sure, it was depressing this week to watch Todd Muller clinging for dear life to his talking points on Q&A, ... More >>

On Why Welfare Reform Has No Champions In Parliament

Wednesday, 27 May 2020, 11:36 am | Gordon Campbell

Ever since Victorian times, the unemployed have been a problem for those more fortunate, wealthy and powerful. Down the ages, society has been torn between providing for them as victims of misfortune, or dealing to them as the shiftless agents of their ... More >>

On Not Buying What Todd Muller Is Selling

Monday, 25 May 2020, 2:07 pm | Gordon Campbell

Chloe Swarbrick is number three in the Greens Parry list released this morning. Todd Muller has released his new party line-up today, which will excite everyone who still wants to know what Gerry Brownlee and Judith Collins will be up to in future. ... More >>

On National’s Day Of Reckoning

Thursday, 21 May 2020, 9:43 am | Gordon Campbell

Congratulations. You are one of the 55 members of the National caucus being called together tomorrow to choose who will lead you to either (a) catastrophic or (b) honourable defeat on September 19, thereby saving some (but not all) of the jobs currently on ... More >>

On The (lack Of) Alternatives To Simon Bridges

Wednesday, 20 May 2020, 11:09 am | Gordon Campbell

Spin the roulette wheel. The suggestion that tomorrow’s headline poll numbers will decide the fate of Simon Bridges is a fairly extreme example of poll-driven politics. Still, we are where we are. On past evidence, the Colmar Brunton poll is ... More >>