Scoop Election 08: edited by Gordon Campbell

Archive for September, 2008

Gordon Campbell on the Rejection of the Bailout Plan

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Gordon Campbell on the House rejection of the bailout plan So the House has rejected the bailout plan – or more correctly, the House Republicans rejected the plan concocted by their own President and Treasury Secretary. Has any president ever been so humiliated as Bush? President Bush was treated ...

Gordon Campbell on Palin’s bad week, and the bailout plan

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Luckily for Sarah Palin, the focus on the presidential debates and the $700 million bailout plan helped to bury a horrific series of news events for her last week. First, Palin kept stonewalling her way through the investigation into her role in the attempted firing of ...

Gordon Campbell interviews Hone Harawira

Friday, September 26th, 2008

***** Gordon Campbell interviews Hone Harawira about Maori Party election strategy - Images Kevin List While the Maori Party does at times consciously project an image of guilelessness, they have been highly successful – more so say, than the Greens - at concealing their major party preference in this election. Currently, the ...

On The US Bailout, And On Treating Key With Kid Gloves

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

This is crunch week for the US financial system, and the Democrats need to play hardball and vote against the $700 billion bailout plan. Because (a) the plan probably won’t work (b) isn’t fixable and (c) will be politically suicidal in the presidential race in November if the ...

The contemptible behaviour of both Peters and Key

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

By Gordon Campbell Image – Lyndon Hood ***** This week, the public itself could be forgiven for treating Parliament with contempt. In a majority decision, the privileges committee has found that New Zealand First leader Winston Peters had “ some knowledge’ of the $100,000 gift ...

How US Financial Meltdown Will Affect NZ Election

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

By Gordon Campbell Click to enlarge ***** So, what impact is the world’s biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression having on the New Zealand election campaign? Of course, this is nowhere near as crucial as what happens to Winston Peters but…. hello ? Apart from a few ...

Brian Henry’s last stand at the privileges committee

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

Words Gordon Campbell - Images Kevin List ***** The final lingering image of the privileges committee investigation of Winston Peters was an apt one - a scrum of journalists gathered round Rodney Hide afterwards, virtually begging to be spun. As it happened, the last day’s testimony in the privileges committee ...

‘Horse race’ political journalism

Monday, September 15th, 2008

Click to enlarge So election day is November 8 which – it seems from media commentary over the weekend – was totally obvious to political insiders all along. Or had been at least, since they stopped thinking it could be an early election - in which case October 18 had ...

Gordon Campbell: Winston Peters’ Rebuttal Of Glenn

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

Image – Lyndon Hood ***** Winston Peters goal last night was simple survival. And if the rules of natural justice rules still apply, he did manage to shake Owen Glenn’s testimony just enough to avoid summary execution. Glenn’s account of events may still sound like the more plausible one - but ...

Gordon Campbell interviews Robert Fisk

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

Robert Fisk at the Copthorne Hotel, Mt Victoria Wellington September 2008 - Images Kevin List ***** Robert Fisk was born 62 years ago in Maidstone, Kent – and if you’ve ever wondered about the residual worth of Latin and what happens to people who study it, the man did ...