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On Our Feeble Contribution To Russian Sanctions

Wednesday, 6 April 2022, 11:26 am | Gordon Campbell

As the evidence of Russian atrocities in Ukraine mounts up, the West’s rhetoric has tried to keep up with the pace. Is Putin a war criminal? Do the actions of the Russian military– the deliberate shooting of hundreds of civilians, the relentless ... More >>

On The Rise Of Vigilante “Sovereign Justice”

Monday, 4 April 2022, 2:24 pm | Gordon Campbell

If you or I decided to exempt ourselves from the laws of the land, and -moreover- made public our intention to kidnap and murder the people elected to govern the country, you’d think there would be consequences. The Police, for instance, might be considering ... More >>

On Good Riddance To The America’s Cup

Thursday, 31 March 2022, 9:57 am | Gordon Campbell

So the America’s Cup defence is off to Barcelona. Supposedly, if you could drill a hole through Auckland to the other side of the world, you’d come out near Seville, barely a two hour plane trip from Barcelona. Right now, quite a few yachting fans ... More >>

On The Oscars, And How An Iran Deal Could Mean Cheaper Petrol

Tuesday, 29 March 2022, 9:59 am | Gordon Campbell

Uh oh. In an embarrassing case of counting chickens prematurely, the government had sent a delegation to Hollywood to capitalise on the expected Oscar coronation of The Power of the Dog . In the end, the film got only one win – Jane Campion ... More >>

On Christopher Luxon’s Trashing Of The Poor

Wednesday, 23 March 2022, 10:34 am | Gordon Campbell

For years, Nicola Willis and Chris Bishop have been routinely described as belonging to the “liberal” wing of the National Party, as if National is a broad church spanning urban neo-socialists at one end of the political spectrum, and rural conservatives ... More >>

On How, And Whether The Ukraine War Might End

Monday, 21 March 2022, 11:18 am | Gordon Campbell

It is pretty safe to assume that the Kremlin did not expect Ukraine’s resistance to be as strong and effective as it has been. It is also probably safe to say that the failure of his Ukraine blitzkrieg will not significantly change whatever Vladimir ... More >>

On New Covid Research, And Jane Campion

Thursday, 17 March 2022, 11:54 am | Gordon Campbell

As the Omicron wave sweeps across the land, here’s a quick overview of some of the latest vaccine news and research findings. Omicron vaccine: Over the course of the past week, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla has been doing the rounds of the US media ... More >>

On Luxon’s “Cost Of Living Crisis” Gambit

Monday, 14 March 2022, 11:04 am | Gordon Campbell

Clearly, no-one should underestimate the political pulling power of a suit offering tax cuts. Last week’s rise of Christopher Luxon and the National Party in the polls is consistent, at least. John Key, Luxon’s mentor, also rode into office on the ... More >>

On The Peace Flotilla And The Oligarch

Thursday, 10 March 2022, 3:16 pm | Gordon Campbell

As the peace flotilla converges on the Northland luxury resort owned by Russian steel magnate Alexander Abramov, the government is putting in place the full and final legal framework for extending the sanctions on Russia, which may (or may not) ... More >>

On Supermarket Rip-offs

Wednesday, 9 March 2022, 11:55 am | Gordon Campbell

If you make the land available, they will come. The cargo cult thinking behind the key recommendation of the Commerce Commission’s final report into the supermarket industry would have us believe that if land is made available, a white knight will ... More >>

On The Flaws In The Ukraine Sanctions Response

Tuesday, 8 March 2022, 11:26 am | Gordon Campbell

The Achilles heel in the West’s punitive sanctions against Russia has always been pretty obvious. Russia may be highly dependent on its oil and natural gas exports - but alas, Europe is just as addicted to cheap Russian energy. Germany for instance, ... More >>

On Luxon’s Tired Tax Plan

Monday, 7 March 2022, 12:08 pm | Gordon Campbell

Like a broken record, National Party leader Christopher Luxon is offering a 40 year old formula of tax cuts that (inevitably) will be paid for over time, by cuts to public services. His tax cutting plans would hugely and disproportionately benefit ... More >>

On The Impotence Of Onlookers

Friday, 4 March 2022, 2:35 pm | Gordon Campbell

Against its will, the world has become conditioned to driving by acts of genocide and peering at them through the window with alarm – before driving on home to dinner and a relatively untroubled night’s sleep. The heinous wars in Yemen and Syria, ... More >>

On The Protests, Putin’s Pyrrhic Victory, Plus A Playlist

Wednesday, 2 March 2022, 12:05 pm | Gordon Campbell

The protest encampment at Parliament long ago ceased to have any rational purpose beyond perpetuating its own existence. Social media has already condemned the way the protesters have put their children in harm’s way, and used them as human shields ... More >>

On The Tentative Response To Putin, Plus Putin’s Mentor

Monday, 28 February 2022, 11:57 am | Gordon Campbell

Plainly, Russia’s war on Ukraine isn’t something Vladimir Putin dreamed up overnight, or did on impulse. With hindsight, Putin has been working for years to prepare Russia to withstand the economic sanctions that have been the only way the West has been ... More >>

On Ukraine, And Blokes In Peril

Friday, 25 February 2022, 10:06 am | Gordon Campbell

A great darkness is falling over Ukraine, and it will last for decades. In launching a full scale invasion, Russian president Vladimir Putin is doing what bullies routinely do. He’s beating up on a smaller, weaker adversary while claiming he was provoked. ... More >>

On Ukraine, And Blokes In Peril

Friday, 25 February 2022, 10:04 am | Gordon Campbell

A great darkness is falling over Ukraine, and it will last for decades. In launching a full scale invasion, Russian president Vladimir Putin is doing what bullies routinely do. He’s beating up on a smaller, weaker adversary while claiming he was provoked. ... More >>

On What Ukraine And The West Bank Share In Common

Wednesday, 23 February 2022, 11:16 am | Gordon Campbell

Russia’s tactics in Ukraine are not new. In August 2008, Russia fought a brief war with Georgia after the breakaway region of South Ossetia declared itself independent and invited in Russian troops. To this day, only Russia, Venezuela, Syria and Nauru ... More >>

On The Ottawa Precedent For Police Action

Monday, 21 February 2022, 10:24 am | Gordon Campbell

First contain, then clear. This morning’s belated “traffic management operation” by the Police is clearly a containment exercise meant to create boundaries beyond which the protest will not be allowed to expand. Once established, that perimeter ... More >>

On Freedom, And Government Mandates

Wednesday, 16 February 2022, 3:56 pm | Gordon Campbell

The Omicron surge to 1160 cases a day will inevitably motivate the public to reduce all occasions of risk wherever possible, whether those venues have been formally identified by the contact tracers or not. Cafes, restaurants and other hospitality ... More >>