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Gordon Campbell on the Aussie bush fires and Suleimani

Monday, 6 January 2020, 12:20 pm | Gordon Campbell

In popular culture, Australia is often portrayed as Western civilisation’s last unspoiled frontier, or as its final refuge from planetary disaster. In Nevil Shute’s best-selling 1950s novel On The Beach for instance, Melbourne served as the backdrop ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the best music of 2019

Thursday, 19 December 2019, 12:55 pm | Gordon Campbell

A ny best music list of this sort has to live under the shadow of this offering on the Reductress site . Especially in a year where so many of the highlights came from female musicians. And not just from the obvious names (Lana Del Rey, FKA twigs, ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on Scotland’s renewed independence battle

Wednesday, 18 December 2019, 12:31 pm | Gordon Campbell

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Gordon Campbell on a White Island inquiry

Monday, 16 December 2019, 11:57 am | Gordon Campbell

Presumably, if there is to be a ministerial inquiry (at the very least) into the Whakaari/White Island disaster, it will need to be a joint ministerial inquiry. That’s because the relevant areas of responsibility seem to be so deeply interwoven : Police ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on welfare vs infrastructure spending

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 11:27 am | Gordon Campbell

If New Zealand has a pressing need to stimulate its flagging economy, it seems very weird that the government is choosing to meet this need with a $12 billion package of infrastructure spending – mainly on road and rail projects – that by definition, ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Whakaari/White Island eruption

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 11:04 am | Gordon Campbell

A dventure tourism is a central theme in New Zealand tourism, and by definition, adventure always includes a certain level of risk. That said, New Zealand itself is also at risk of being seen as a tourism destination where commercial factors – ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the recent upheavals inside Iran

Thursday, 5 December 2019, 3:03 pm | Gordon Campbell

I n the fortnight since the Internet got switched back on in Iran, the ferocity of the crackdown on the recent demonstrations has become evident. Reportedly, hundreds of people have been killed, thousands wounded and thousands more have been arrested. ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on stoking fears about cannabis law reform

Wednesday, 4 December 2019, 9:53 am | Gordon Campbell

I t was always going to be hard to have a rational debate on cannabis reform. Far easier for politicians to win votes by stoking alarm. With National and New Zealand First already competing for the “who’s the toughest sheriff in town” badge ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on PPPs and Labour’s infrastructure plans

Monday, 2 December 2019, 10:54 am | Gordon Campbell

Yet the same argument that Robertson has been making (ie, that this is a good time to launch these projects, while interest rates are so low) should apply equally to why it would make more sense for the government to borrow the money to build these ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the alleged sins of New Zealand First

Thursday, 28 November 2019, 10:30 am | Gordon Campbell

U pon his retirement – assuming the day ever arrives - Winston Peters will deserve a knighthood for services rendered to the media industry. Be it the scandals he has uncovered (eg the Winebox) or the scandals he has featured in… Peters is, as they ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on China’s bad week, and Labour’s tribalism

Tuesday, 26 November 2019, 11:06 am | Gordon Campbell

Even before the local body election results came in from Hong Kong, China had been having a p.r. nightmare this week. More >>

Gordon Campbell on restoring prisoners' right to vote

Monday, 25 November 2019, 10:56 am | Gordon Campbell

The coalition government still seems unable (or unwilling) to respond in any meaningful way to the Welfare Export Advisory Group report... On another front though, the government has now done the right thing, and has partially restored the right of prisoners to ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on compensation for Afghan casualties

Wednesday, 20 November 2019, 11:38 am | Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell on why New Zealand should be compensating the Afghan civilian casualties on its old firing range First published on Werewolf More >>

Gordon Campbell on Labour’s age problem, and the Port Hills

Monday, 18 November 2019, 12:22 pm | Gordon Campbell

Labour has been steadily improving its gender balance to the point where there are now 21 women in its caucus out of 46 MPs in all, just below 46%. Yet Labour has been just as steadily losing the generational battle to the Greens. Currently Kieran McAnulty ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the farming sector’s persecution complex

Thursday, 14 November 2019, 11:07 am | Gordon Campbell

The narrative that our farmers are ‘doing it tough’ plays into a number of wellworn stereotypes: of hardworking farmers under siege from (a) desk-bound bureaucrats and (b) regulations created by urban idealists who lack understanding of what life on ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on why Sustainable NZ isn’t self-sustaining

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 11:38 am | Gordon Campbell

It has become a familiar story. National is the party that wins the most votes but – since the demise of the Maori Party – it has lacked sufficient partners on the centre-right to form a governing majority. Enter from stage right, the Sustainable ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on National’s anointing of Christopher Luxon

Thursday, 7 November 2019, 9:58 am | Gordon Campbell

Amid excited whispers of bigger things in line for Luxon further down the track. Such are the levels of anticipation that this week, Luxon was instantly forgiven for making up welfare policy, off the top of his head. More >>

Gordon Campbell unnecessary new Police powers, and Spain

Tuesday, 5 November 2019, 11:07 am | Gordon Campbell

Safety can be dangerous stuff. Paradoxically, when governments say they’re doing things to make us more safe, the effects often make us feel less safe. Police pursuits for example, have a track record (and a body count) that makes them more dangerous ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on National’s Stone Age package

Thursday, 31 October 2019, 9:29 am | Gordon Campbell

B ad enough that the National Party led by Simon Bridges is still aiming to run a modern economy with a package of ideas - tax cuts, de-regulation, small government – that were fashionable in the late 1980s, but which became discredited over a ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the killing of the Islamic State leader

Tuesday, 29 October 2019, 11:41 am | Gordon Campbell

S o…as a few other reports have noted, the US has now killed the Islamic State monster – Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi – that it created in the first place. The US invasion of Iraq in March 2003 and the subsequent decision to disband much of the Iraqi Army ... More >>



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