Scoop Election 08: edited by Gordon Campbell

Archive for June, 2008

John Key and Things That Come Out Wrong

Friday, June 27th, 2008

By Gordon Campbell The “ we’re a country which came peacefully together” account of New Zealand’s march to nationhood that John Key delivered yesterday on Newztalk ZB was the latest example of what’s becoming a pattern. First we have the gaffe, then everyone else’s startled/shocked ...

What A National Government May Entail – Part Two

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

By Gordon Cambell Unless we get a few choice email leaks from John Key’s office - yoo hoo, ready and waiting - we can only estimate what National’s policies will be in government by checking its public statements to date. That’s all there is to go on, besides hunches and ...

What a National Government May Entail

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

By Gordon Campbell Economic uncertainty is National’s latest rationale for why they’re not releasing their main policy positions and costings until the election campaign has virtually begun. Off hand, it is hard to think of a serious pretender to government in any other modern democracy that could ...

Labour’s problems with the young

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

Gordon Campbell The wrangle between the government and insurance industry over third party motor vehicle insurance reflects a wider problem for the Clark government – namely, its punitive stance towards young people, and first time voters. According to to Labour Party president Mike Williams, there will 190,000 ...

Gordon Campbell talks to Peter Dunne

Monday, June 16th, 2008

Images Kevin List The interesting thing about Mr. Common Sense & Reliable is the body of evidence that indicates he is neither. I’m not talking about Dunne’s memorable fit of pique on election night in 2005 ….or actually I am, but only as evidence of an underlying reality, ...

Obama’s Readiness to Talk To America’s Enemies

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

By Gordon Campbell ***** Almost every other day, the US presidential race – and the place the Iraq war plays within it – manages to leave the rest of the world looking on amazed at the way the world’s only superpower conducts its rites of succession. ...

Gordon Campbell Reviews Working with David

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

Working With David by Michael Bassett - Hodder Moa Images Kevin List from Working with David's launch at the National Library Wellington Michael Bassett signs a copy at the launch of Working with David ***** Well, what did we expect? Turning to Michael Bassett for an account of the Lange ...

Labour’s Human Rights Nightmare: The New Immigration Bill

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

Click for big version Few Labour voters may realise the full extent of what the Clark government has in mind - or has allowed to get out of hand - with its rewrite of the 1987 Immigration Act. To date, the parties on the centre right (National, Act, United Future) have ...

Gordon Campbell: Russel Norman’s Entry and Hillary’s Exit

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

As predicted on Scoop last Friday. former Green Party MP Mike Ward has done a U-turn, and will now step aside to enable Greens co- leader Russel Norman to become an MP. The process of Nandor Tanczos exiting and Norman stepping into his shoes should take a few weeks.

One News Poll 01/06/08: Nat 55, Lab 29

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

One News Colmar Brunton Poll: May 2008 Party Vote %: National 55 (up 1) Labour 29 (down 6) Greens 7 (up 3.3) NZ First 4.4 (up 2.9) Maori 2.5 (down 0.7) Act 1.2 (up 0.1) United Future 0.2 (steady) Libertarianz 0.2 (new) Progressive 0.1 (steady) Preferred PM %: John Key 36 (up 1) Helen Clark 28 (down 1) Winston Peters 6 (up 2) Poll ...