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On The Government's Assault On Maori

Wednesday, 6 December 2023, 2:10 pm | Gordon Campbell

This isn’t news, but the National-led coalition is mounting a sustained assault on Treaty rights and obligations. Even so, Christopher Luxon has described yesterday’s nationwide protests by Maori as “pretty unfair.” Poor thing. In the NZ Herald, ... More >>

On The Government’s Smokefree Laws Debacle

Monday, 4 December 2023, 11:36 am | Gordon Campbell

The most charitable explanation for National’s behaviour over the smokefree legislation is that they have dutifully fulfilled the wishes of the Big Tobacco lobby and then cast around – incompetently, as it turns out - for excuses that might sell this ... More >>

On How Climate Change Threatens Cricket‘s Future

Thursday, 30 November 2023, 10:38 am | Gordon Campbell

Well that didn’t last long, did it? Mere days after taking on what he called the “awesome responsibility” of being Prime Minister, M Christopher Luxon has started blaming everyone else, and complaining that he has inherited “economic vandalism ... More >>

On The New Government’s Policies Of Yesteryear

Monday, 27 November 2023, 10:06 am | Gordon Campbell

This column expands on a Werewolf column published by Scoop on Friday Routinely, Winston Peters is described as the kingmaker who gets to decide when the centre right or the centre-left has a turn at running this country. He also plays a less heralded ... More >>

Gordon Campbell On The New Government’s Great Leap Backwards

Friday, 24 November 2023, 5:35 pm | Gordon Campbell

After all the cries of “are we there yet” New Zealand does now indeed have a new government. More >>

On Coalitions, And Hostage Deals

Tuesday, 21 November 2023, 10:38 am | Gordon Campbell

Reportedly, National has finalised the details of its separate policy programmes with (a) the Act Party and (b) with New Zealand First. Terrific. Yet surprisingly, it has only been in the last 36 hours that Winston Peters and David Seymour have ... More >>

On Secret Coalition Talks, Plus A Music Playlist

Friday, 17 November 2023, 11:41 am | Gordon Campbell

Routinely, the centre-right complains that Big Government treats people like children. Huh. Have to say, National, Act and New Zealand First are doing a pretty good job of infantilising the New Zealand public. We keep being told “good progress“ is ... More >>

On APEC, Mali And Sleater-Kinney

Wednesday, 15 November 2023, 10:58 am | Gordon Campbell

Sideshows are inevitable when the main event – the coalition talks – is taking place behind closed doors and the usual sources for political news (i.e. the politicians themselves) are staying mum. Everyone has had to make do instead with a beat-up of ... More >>

On Why Prescription Fees Are No Way To Fund Cancer Drugs

Monday, 13 November 2023, 3:24 pm | Gordon Campbell

Who is this Christopher Luxon fellow, really ? Over the past two years, we have had so many invitations to find the pearl in the oyster. Alas, Luxon has been more like one of those bad first dates that keep on asking for a chance to start again, ... More >>

On Why Abortion Rights Offer The Best Chance Of Beating Donald Trump

Friday, 10 November 2023, 11:28 am | Gordon Campbell

Remarkably... Although the US opinion polls continue to track the declining popularity of Joe Biden, the Democrats still scored important victories this week in a variety of state and municipal elections and in a crucial referendum held in Ohio, on abortion ... More >>

On The Blockade Against Chloe Swarbrick’s Right To Speak Freely About Gaza

Wednesday, 8 November 2023, 9:10 am | Gordon Campbell

The tut-tutting about what Green MP Chloe Swarbrick said and how she said it, and whether she could have/should have expressed herself in other ways has been farcical. Yes, emotions are running high about the Israel/Gaza conflict. Arguably though, it ... More >>

On The Third Person In This Political Marriage

Monday, 6 November 2023, 11:08 am | Gordon Campbell

Depending on the recounts and the by-election, the centre-right will still have won only 59 seats in what will be a 122 or 123 seat Parliament. So it needs Winston Peters, big time. In return for him getting them across the line, it stands to reason ... More >>

On Breaking Up The Supermarket Duopoly

Thursday, 2 November 2023, 10:39 am | Gordon Campbell

Someone better tell Mark Mitchell, because the two big supermarket gangs – the New World Crips and the Countdown Bloods – seem to be operating with flagrant disregard for the revised version of section 36 of the Commerce Act 1986. Arguably, their market ... More >>

On How The Americans Helped Put Hamas In Power In Gaza

Tuesday, 31 October 2023, 10:50 am | Gordon Campbell

To all intents, Hamas suddenly sprang out from behind the Oort Cloud on October 7 as a force of incomprehensible evil... Just when some important items on Israel’s agenda had been proceeding more or less according to plan. With strong backing from ... More >>

On Why Chris Hipkins Is Living On Borrowed Time

Thursday, 26 October 2023, 10:44 am | Gordon Campbell

Currently, Chris Hipkins is serving as a place-holder leader until other colleagues do the numbers and figure out their capacity for taking on what can be a highly stressful and thankless role in opposition. On his career record to date, Hipkins’ skills ... More >>

On Church And State In Mt Roskill

Tuesday, 24 October 2023, 11:11 am | Gordon Campbell

The interval between election night and the formation of a new government has been restfully free of bickering and posturing, and it would be nice to think this could last until Christmas. No such luck. Come November 3, and when all the special votes ... More >>

On New Zealand’s Selective Morality On Gaza

Friday, 20 October 2023, 11:45 am | Gordon Campbell

Here’s the sound of MFAT blowing its own trumpet as it celebrated the 25th anniversary of our genuinely heroic role in alerting the international community to the Rwanda genocide: Calling for the Council to recognise that genocide was being perpetrated ... More >>

On National’s Divisive Plans To Heal Our Divisions

Wednesday, 18 October 2023, 1:15 pm | Gordon Campbell

As we wait for crime to cease, rents to fall, and food prices to plummet, how does the Luxon government propose to heal the divisions that have come to divide this divided nation? Allegedly, these divisions have been caused by the twin hobgoblins ... More >>

On The Election, And Labour’s Options

Monday, 16 October 2023, 10:39 am | Gordon Campbell

On Saturday, the Labour-led government suffered a defeat of Biblical proportions, some of it self-inflicted. Years ago, veteran political blogger Jesus Christ had tapped into Saturday’s public mood pretty accurately, with this soundbite at Revelations ... More >>

On Labour’s Last Stand

Friday, 13 October 2023, 11:14 am | Gordon Campbell

The surge, the surge. It was within the margin of error in one poll, and the increase in Labour support in the other poll still wouldn’t change the outcome. Yet to the relief of the mainstream media, the surge has provided a hint of drama to talk about ... More >>





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