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On The Demise Of The Tokyo Olympics

Tuesday, 19 January 2021, 10:16 am | Gordon Campbell

As the Covid vaccines roll out around the world, the Tokyo Olympics are looming as a major test of when (and whether) something akin to global normality can return – to international travel, to global tourism, to professional sport and to mass ... More >>

On How Women Are Suffering The Most From The Covid Economic Recession

Friday, 15 January 2021, 10:33 am | Gordon Campbell

Both here and abroad, the Covid-19 economic recession has been disastrous for women workers and their families. In November, young women below 30 in particular were feeling the consequences : Of concern is the sustained deterioration in youth employment, ... More >>

Gordon Campbell On Why The Second Trump Impeachment Has To Proceed

Wednesday, 13 January 2021, 9:56 am | Gordon Campbell

T o the very end, a sizeable Congressional segment of the Republican Party has been willing to defend Donald Trump no matter what he says or does, and to urge on his most violent supporters. Here for example, was Republican Congressman Mo Brooks speaking ... More >>

Gordon Campbell On The Excessive Secrecy Surrounding Cyber Hacks, And Some Lost Soul Legends

Monday, 11 January 2021, 11:39 am | Gordon Campbell

W ell, apart from the who, why and how of it, the recent hack of the Reserve Bank’s computer security defences seems crystal clear. It happened. It happened about five months or so after the computer systems at the New Zealand Stock Exchange and several ... More >>

Gordon Campbell On The Washington Riot And The Georgia Results

Thursday, 7 January 2021, 2:26 pm | Gordon Campbell

H ong Kong and Washington DC. On the same morning, the tyrants in power in Beijing and their counterpart in the White House have shown how they refuse to accept the legitimacy of any different points of view, and the prospect of losing power. The ... More >>

Gordon Campbell On The Senate Races In Georgia

Tuesday, 5 January 2021, 10:57 am | Gordon Campbell

Hi and happy New Year. Currently, the Republicans hold a 52-48 majority in the Senate , the upper chamber of US Congress. If the Democrats can manage to win both the Senate races in Georgia tomorrow (NZ time) then vice -President Kamala Harris can cast a ... More >>

On A Few Things About The Year Gone, And The Year Ahead

Thursday, 24 December 2020, 11:50 am | Gordon Campbell

In October, the public rewarded the government for the way it has steered New Zealand through the Covid-19 crisis this year, and rightly so. The Labour-led government’s handling of the pandemic was not only the year’s top political accomplishment but ... More >>

On The Solar Winds Hack, And On Buying Bob Dylan

Tuesday, 22 December 2020, 12:24 pm | Gordon Campbell

Earlier this month, the huge Solar Winds hack became public knowledge. Reportedly, the victims had been accessed over a period of months starting in March 2020 by a “sophisticated threat actor” that’s widely believed to be the same Russian ... More >>

On The Mixed Outlook For Our Covid Vaccine Supplies

Friday, 18 December 2020, 9:32 am | Gordon Campbell

As PM Jacinda Ardern explained at yesterday’s press conference , the government has signed supply contracts for delivery of four Covid-19 vaccines, in numbers sufficient (on paper at least) to provide doses not only for every New Zealander. but for those ... More >>

On Labour’s Timid Uses (so Far) Of The Power That Voters Have Given It

Tuesday, 15 December 2020, 11:40 am | Gordon Campbell

Long on aims, short on delivery. Greta Thunberg is not the only person who feels that the Ardern government is better at aspirations than achievement. Once upon a time, Jacinda Ardern may have called climate change “this generation’s nuclear ... More >>

On The Royal Commission’s Report Into The Christchurch Mosque Shootings

Friday, 11 December 2020, 10:20 am | Gordon Campbell

For an 800 page monster, the Royal Commission report into the Christchurch shootings has proved to be a strangely weightless affair. Everyone – the Police, the PM, the security services – has apologised but (allegedly) no-one did anything wrong. ... More >>

On Werewolf's Best Music Of 2020

Tuesday, 8 December 2020, 12:02 pm | Gordon Campbell

Sure, New Zealand’s pandemic experience hasn’t been anything like the horror show it has been elsewhere. Yet the Covid anxiety levels were still high enough to undermine a lot of the creative resolutions many of us took into lockdown: read that ... More >>

On The Politics Of Why We’re Not Getting An Inquiry Into The Whakaari/White Island Disaster

Friday, 4 December 2020, 1:07 pm | Gordon Campbell

The Ardern government has made an art form out of reviews and inquiries- when to hold them, when to fold them, and when to shelve the findings, virtually untouched . Among other things, the WorkSafe criminal proceedings into the Whakaari /White ... More >>

On Why Worksafe’s Whakaari/White Island Prosecutions Are Good News

Wednesday, 2 December 2020, 11:53 am | Gordon Campbell

Somewhere in Heaven, Helen Kelly must be smiling about Worksafe’s criminal prosecution of 10 firms and three individuals for their roles in the lead up to the Whakaari /White Island tragedy. In tandem with the subsequent coronial inquest, these court ... More >>

On How America’s Middle East Allies Are Poisoning The Ground Joe Biden Will Inherit

Monday, 30 November 2020, 9:26 am | Gordon Campbell

As even the US mainstream media has been reporting, the prime motive for the murder of Iran’s top nuclear scientist Dr. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh (by Israeli or Saudi operatives, or both) has been to poison the situation that the next US president will inherit. ... More >>

On Whether We Should Be Betting Quite So Heavily On Astra Zeneca’s Covid Vaccine

Friday, 27 November 2020, 11:53 am | Gordon Campbell

According to this week’s Speech from the Throne, maintaining public safety during the pandemic will remain the government’s top priority. Next year will (hopefully) bring the rolling out of a free vaccination against Covid-19 to New Zealander. Currently, More >>

On What We Could Do For Hong Kong, If Only We Dared

Tuesday, 24 November 2020, 12:00 pm | Gordon Campbell

There has been something repulsive about PM Jacinda Ardern’s assurances that our joint 5 Eyes criticism of China’s actions over Hong Kong – and China’s harsh reaction – are all well understood on both sides. According to Ardern, it has been ... More >>

On National’s Weekend Of Doing Wheelies, Going Nowhere

Monday, 23 November 2020, 11:04 am | Gordon Campbell

Evidently, a year is not a long time in politics. The National Party for example, has just chosen to end this year much as it began it: riven by factions, leaking like a sieve, saddled with a party leader unlikely to lead them into election 2023, ... More >>

On Stuart Nash’s Plan To Turn New Zealand Into A Playground For Wealthy Tourists

Thursday, 19 November 2020, 10:57 am | Gordon Campbell

But first, a Covid-19 vaccine update. Early results from stage three trials on at least two Covid-19 vaccine contenders have been highly positive, at 90% plus levels of effectiveness. Both vaccines come with fish-hooks, though. Reportedly, the Pfizer/BioNTech ... More >>

On Chris Liddell, The RCEP, And Reviving Our Trade With Iran Under Biden

Tuesday, 17 November 2020, 11:21 am | Gordon Campbell

Being nominated by US President Donald Trump to head a key international organisation should have been the kiss of death for any nominee, even before Trump lost his bid for re-election. Throughout his presidency, Trump has done his best to wreck every ... More >>