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On Charter Schools, And The Ghahraman Blame Machine

Wednesday, 17 January 2024, 12:07 pm | Gordon Campbell

According to Act Party leader David Seymour, if we gave 16 year olds the vote and allowed teachers to teach civics classes in high school, the result would be… Well, let Seymour himself paint the picture: The final recommendations of the independent ... More >>

On The Gaza Genocide Hearings

Monday, 15 January 2024, 12:42 pm | Gordon Campbell

Don’t hold your breath for a final judgement from the International Court of Justice as to whether Israel is, or isn’t, committing genocide in Gaza. Since 2019, the ICJ has been mulling over whether Myanmar has committed genocide against its Rohingya ... More >>

On Biden V Trump, And The Taiwan Election

Thursday, 11 January 2024, 11:28 am | Gordon Campbell

If the allegations against Golriz Ghahraman are found to have substance – or even if they merely result in an official Police investigation – then resignation looks the only option. The Greens brand is based on its claims to hold itself to a higher ... More >>

On Immigration’s Role In The Gaza Carnage

Monday, 8 January 2024, 12:17 pm | Gordon Campbell

If the world was in any doubt about what Israel’s endgame in Gaza might be, this (Google translated) Christmas Day report in the Israeli media made it pretty clear: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed [today] at the Likud faction meeting ... More >>

On Nicola Willis’ Impersonation Of A Finance Minister

Thursday, 21 December 2023, 11:05 am | Gordon Campbell

“ I don’t make merry myself at Christmas, and I can't afford to make idle people merry. I help to support [the poorhouses].... They cost enough, and those who are badly off must go to them.” – Ebenezer Scrooge, in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas ... More >>

On The Government’s Politics Of Nostalgia

Monday, 18 December 2023, 11:46 am | Gordon Campbell

There’s a thin line between “conservative” and “reactionary.” The former strive to retain the best of current practice, while the latter want to pull everything down and revel in memories that have been marinated in nostalgia. Clearly, we’re ... More >>

On The Ferry Follies Of Nicola Willis

Friday, 15 December 2023, 10:59 am | Gordon Campbell

Cook Strait can be one of the roughest stretches of water in the world. Thanks to Finance Minister Nicola Willis, New Zealand is now going to have to rely for the next decade or more on a couple of car ferries leased or purchased on the second ... More >>

On How The State Aims To Dictate What The Unemployed Are Allowed To Buy

Tuesday, 12 December 2023, 11:43 am | Gordon Campbell

At first glance, ACT deputy leader Brooke Van Velden might seem an odd choice to oversee workplace relations. However, if the aim is to atomise workplace relations and reduce them to the level of individual firms and individual workers – just ... More >>

On The Skewed Media Coverage Of Gaza

Friday, 8 December 2023, 11:33 am | Gordon Campbell

Now that he’s back as Foreign Minister, maybe Winston Peters should start reading the MFAT website. If he did, Peters would find MFAT celebrating the 25th anniversary of how New Zealand alerted the rest of the world to the genocide developing in Rwanda. ... More >>

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 >>





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