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Archive for May, 2008

WTF: 30 May 2008 – Stone, McClellan and the Greens

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Gordon Campbell on Sharon Stone, Scott McClellan and the Greens annual conference 1. In the wake of Sharon Stone’s comments at the Cannes Film Festival about Tibet and the Dalai Lama, China’s official state news agency has branded her “the public enemy of all mankind” - an even harsher review than ...

Gordon Campbell on the Vietnam vets apology

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

On compassionate grounds, the apology extended to the troops who fought in Vietnam was justified – so long as it was not extended or regarded as a re-appraisal of the morality of the conflict, which the Government has been careful not to do. For the Government to have been ...

National’s secrecy about its policies

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

By Gordon CampbellWhat does this sound like? A tiny group of politicians develop policy and hide it from the rest of their colleagues – all the better to unveil these policies in a way that will give the voting public the least possible time and opportunity to understand the full ...

WTF: Gordon Campbell on Obama’s Speech Last Sunday

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

If you haven’t yet read Barack Obama’s speech a couple of months ago on race, it can be accessed here. While nominally about Obama’s controversial pastor Jeremiah Wright, the speech was more about Americans whose opportunities have been blighted by racial, gender and economic barriers, and by an unrequited need ...

Gordon Campbell talks Budget fallout with Michael Cullen

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

Images Kevin List Click for big version*****Labour can argue loud and long all it likes about its sundry achievements during its eight and half years in office – the longest economic boom since WWII, low unemployment rates not seen in decades, increases in average household incomes, cheaper visits to the doctor, ...

Cullen’s Cannily Constructed Budget

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

Words Gordon Campbell – Images Kevin List Finance Minister Michael Cullen*****In better times, this cannily structured Budget would have been a circuit breaker for Labour - but given the current levels of public disenchantment with the Government. Finance Minister Michael Cullen's ninth budget will probably be greeted grudgingly by the ...

The risks of Exxon-Mobil in New Zealand waters

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

By Gordon Campbell Exxon-Mobil are the elephant in the room that the Government refuses to confront, as it throws open the ecologically vulnerable Great South Basin region to oil exploration and exploitation. Currently, New Zealand does not have an oceans policy, despite years of talking about it. There is no RMA ...

WTF: Beating up on Goff

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Click to enlargeWhenever the media whines in future about politicians refusing to answer their questions, Phil Goff’s interview on Alt TV is a perfect example of what can happen when they do : a beat-up of monumental proportions, not even remotely supported by what was said.

WTF 20 May 2008: Brady needs to inquire into Immigration Bill

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

Minister of Immigration Clayton Cosgrove – Auditor-General Kevin Brady will soon be snuffling through his department*****No indication yet as to how any of the various inquiries into the Immigration Service will relate to the Immigration Bill, a cornerstone items on the Government’s legislative agenda this year. In its current form, ...

New Zealand’s illegal trade in North Africa

Monday, May 19th, 2008

By Gordon CampbellScoop Image - Lyndon Hood*****On May 25, a Turkish owned ship called the Cake is due at Lyttleton harbour, and similar port records show the same ship is due in Napier between 3-5 June. On both occasions, the Cake will be unloading a cargo of phosphates that originated ...