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On Responding To The Need In Tonga

Thursday, 20 January 2022, 11:26 am | Gordon Campbell

The power of the Tonga eruption (and the size of the aid response being mounted) have been sobering indications of the scale of this disaster. The financial impact is certain to exceed the damage done by Cyclone Harold two years ago, which was estimated ... More >>

On Sending An Orion P-3 To Tonga

Tuesday, 18 January 2022, 10:14 am | Gordon Campbell

Because the undersea volcanic eruption in Tonga cut communications with the more remote parts of the country, it wasn’t at all surprising that as a good Pacific neighbour, New Zealand sent a reconnaissance aircraft up there to gather information ... More >>

On The Global War Against Plastics

Wednesday, 12 January 2022, 11:42 am | Gordon Campbell

Compared to Covid and climate change, the threat from plastics seems like a low rent version of planetary disaster. Can that plastic bottle, this fast food plastic knife and fork, and the plastic packaging wrapped around everything from supermarket ... More >>

On The Global War Against Plastics

Wednesday, 12 January 2022, 11:40 am | Gordon Campbell

Compared to Covid and climate change, the threat from plastics seems like a low rent version of planetary disaster. Can that plastic bottle, this fast food plastic knife and fork, and the plastic packaging wrapped around everything from supermarket ... More >>

On Australia’s Failed Model Of Covid Best Practice

Friday, 7 January 2022, 12:44 pm | Gordon Campbell

In decades gone by, New Zealanders tended to diss this country by comparing it to how much better things were in the States, or in Australia, or almost anywhere else except the godforsaken town in which we’d had the misfortune to be born and raised. ... More >>

On Australia’s Failed Model Of Covid Best Practice

Friday, 7 January 2022, 12:43 pm | Gordon Campbell

In decades gone by, New Zealanders tended to diss this country by comparing it to how much better things were in the States, or in Australia, or almost anywhere else except the godforsaken town in which we’d had the misfortune to be born and raised. ... More >>

On The Obscure Bill That Erodes Our System Of Justice

Tuesday, 21 December 2021, 11:54 am | Gordon Campbell

The pandemic continues to bury any number of major news issues. Understandably, there has been a deluge of stories in recent weeks about the beginnings of the traffic light system, the end of the Auckland lockdown, and the arrival of the Omicron variant. ... More >>

On The Obscure Bill That Erodes Our System Of Justice

Tuesday, 21 December 2021, 11:52 am | Gordon Campbell

The pandemic continues to bury any number of major news issues. Understandably, there has been a deluge of stories in recent weeks about the beginnings of the traffic light system, the end of the Auckland lockdown, and the arrival of the Omicron variant. ... More >>

On Fostering The Culture Of Covid Complaint

Thursday, 16 December 2021, 1:31 pm | Gordon Campbell

Success can be its own worst enemy. If the plane doesn’t crash or the ship doesn’t sink, that doesn’t prove the safety measures were unnecessary, or that anyone can fly a plane. It can also be taken as an indication that the safety measures are working. ... More >>

On Why We Should Oppose The Persecution Of Julian Assange

Tuesday, 14 December 2021, 9:51 am | Gordon Campbell

Julian Assange is a polarising personality. Admired by many for his work as a whistle-blower, Assange is famously loathed by other people who still hold him accountable for the sexual assault charges that the Swedish authorities finally dropped back in November ... More >>

On Defence’s Desire To Join The ”Lets Confront China” Club

Friday, 10 December 2021, 12:05 pm | Gordon Campbell

China has been put on notice by us. According to the New Zealand Defence Assessment 2021 report released on Wednesday , and set out in bold type: “ The establishment of a military base or dual-use facility in the Pacific by a state that does not share ... More >>

On The Dubious Wisdom Of Raising Interest Rates

Wednesday, 8 December 2021, 10:15 am | Gordon Campbell

During the last half of the 1990s, the first flickering signs of economic growth would cause then-Reserve Bank governor Don Brash to hike up interest rates and stamp them out. The fear back then was that if left unchecked, the embers of economic activity ... More >>

On The Elusive Charms Of Christopher Luxon

Thursday, 2 December 2021, 9:21 am | Gordon Campbell

Well, the first 36 hours of viewing the Christopher Luxon selfie were always going to be the best, before the repetitions set in. We get it, already. He’s an extroverted/big ego/high achieving/God fearing/country music lovin’/family man who is not at all ... More >>

On Why An Attack On Iran Is Back On The Agenda

Tuesday, 30 November 2021, 10:10 am | Gordon Campbell

Reportedly, Christopher Luxon has the edge on Simon Bridges in National’s leadership contest although there is no firm evidence for that hunch. So, one hesitates about joining a media echo chamber that amplifies Luxon’s chances ahead of the 3pm caucus ... More >>

On Omicron, And The Bridges/Luxon Dilemma

Monday, 29 November 2021, 10:37 am | Gordon Campbell

At this early stage, the Omicron variant seems to be more infectious, and more able to bypass the protection offered by vaccines and by the antibodies generated by previous infection. The fact that it is being spread around the globe by travellers who were ... More >>

On National’s Less Than Stellar Choices

Friday, 26 November 2021, 11:59 am | Gordon Campbell

Amid all the jostling in the National caucus ranks, spare a thought for Andrew Bayly. Who? Well might you ask. Plucked from obscurity by Judith Collin, elevated from number 18 to number 3 in the caucus rankings and given the Finance portfolio - a role in ... More >>

On National’s Less Than Stellar Choices

Friday, 26 November 2021, 11:57 am | Gordon Campbell

Amid all the jostling in the National caucus ranks, spare a thought for Andrew Bayly. Who? Well might you ask. Plucked from obscurity by Judith Collin, elevated from number 18 to number 3 in the caucus rankings and given the Finance portfolio - a role in ... More >>

On The Demotion Of Simon Bridges

Thursday, 25 November 2021, 10:02 am | Gordon Campbell

So Simon Bridges has been bounced from the front bench and stripped of his shadow portfolio responsibilities for the crudely “inappropriate” comments that he allegedly made to a female colleague, Jacqui Dean – and personally apologised for – about ... More >>

On Farmers Playing The Victim, Plus Chile’s Right Turn

Tuesday, 23 November 2021, 11:06 am | Gordon Campbell

Among the farming lobby groups, the good cop/bad cop routine has been working a treat. It suits Federated Farmers to keep daylight between itself and the Groundswell movement. Month in, year out the Federation continues to engage with the government ... More >>

On The Politics Of Anger, Plus A Music Playlist

Friday, 19 November 2021, 1:19 pm | Gordon Campbell

Angry? Are you talkin’ to ME? Of late, the Code Red levels of resentment inspired by the government’s Covid policy almost make one hanker for the days when people could write best-selling books about New Zealanders being The Passionless People ... More >>

 

 
 
 
 
 

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