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Archive for April, 2008

System stacked against Baldock petition

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

By Gordon CampbellScoop Image – Lyndon Hood***** Kiwi Party leader Larry Baldock made a good point on RNZ this morning about the unfair hurdles facing anyone who wants to bring a Citizens Initiated Referendum in this country. Yesterday, the organisers of the petition for a referendum against the child discipline ...

WTF: On The Listener, past and present

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Scoop Image – Lyndon Hood*****“It's clear that [Pamela] Stirling's approach to the eco-column - like her approach to the Listener - has been a lot more right of centre than the line of the old days.Stirling took over in 2004 and she says that for a long time the Listener ...

US Expert Finds Fishhooks in China/NZ Trade Deal

Monday, April 28th, 2008

While media coverage of the China-NZ Free Trade Agreement has focused almost entirely on the possible dollar gains, scant attention has been paid to the equally valid exposure of New Zealand to compensation claims - should any NZ government be so bold in future as to pass laws or regulations ...

Gordon Campbell: The Broadband Bonanza

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

John Key’s $1.5 billion boost for broadband is his first major policy announcement that isn’t an endorsement of existing Labour practice ( interest free student loans etc) or a dog bone and whistle ( boot camps for young offenders) to a niche support bloc.

The Americans find a new buddy: Iran

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

To date, media coverage of the Iraq war has barely touched on its startling new phase - namely, the convergence of interests between Iran and the US. This odd relationship was played out in last month’s onslaught by US forces and Maliki government troops against the cleric Moqtada al-Sadr in ...

For relatives, the rules could be relative

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Good point here from National Party immigration spokesperson Lockwood Smith, who says the Immigration Service flap involving chief executive Mary-Anne Thompson will do nothing to boost public confidence

Clinton’s Last Stand

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

By Gordon Campbell Official headshot of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton *****OK, in the Pennsylvania vote, Hillary Clinton should still get home by between 5 and 10 points – which would mean a continuation of the stalemate. Anything more gives her the big victory she needs – and anything less continues ...

Gordon Campbell Interviews Tariana Turia

Monday, April 21st, 2008

Under MMP, small parties are assumed to be niche players with clearly defined identities - but even in a small caucus of MPs, a diversity of personalities and ideological hues will co-exist. If nothing else, the mixture adds volatility to the negotiations, post election. The Maori Party is no exception. On ...

TV3 Poll 20/04/08 – Lab 38 Nat 48

Monday, April 21st, 2008

3 News Opinion Poll Results April 10th -16th 2008

ONE News Colmar Brunton poll: – Nat 54 Lab 35

Monday, April 21st, 2008

Poll conducted evenings on 12-17 April 2008: