Scoop Election 08: edited by Gordon Campbell

Archive for October, 2008

Gordon Campbell: Stealing The US Election

Friday, October 31st, 2008

Click to enlarge Judging by the polls, the Republicans’ best chance of victory looks like it will require them to screw around with the machinery of voting. They’re very good at it. Given the near certainty of record turnouts in next week’s election, will there be enough voting ...

Keeping The Good Life Going For The Middle Class

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Gordon Campbell on National’s welfare plan for the middle class unemployed On Friday, the National Party will unveil the details of its plan to pay the mortgage and living expenses of those middle-income earners who may lose their jobs next year because of the economic recession Reportedly, ...

Gordon Campbell: Can McCain Make A Comeback

Monday, October 27th, 2008

***** Only a week to go, and have John McCain’s attempts at a comeback peaked too soon? Eight days ago, the US opinion polls began to carry a few flickering signs of a McCain resurgence - after Barack Obama had pulled clearly ahead in the wake of the second presidential ...

National’s dilemma, if elected – if not Labour Lite, then what?

Friday, October 24th, 2008

Click to enlarge The irony about National retaining such a handy lead in the polls is that while the public seems to have decided it is time for a change, it is still not giving National a mandate for change. Public support for National remains conditional on National not straying far ...

Gordon Campbell on Lockwood Smith and other embarrassments

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

Lockwood Smith in happier days – mugging it up for his 2002 novelty calender ***** In the last couple of days, Lockwood Smith and Maurice Williamson have provided a timely reminder that no matter how much the public may like John Key, there is some truly awful deadwood on the ...

Gordon Campbell On The Politics Of Poverty

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

Click to enlarge We knew this already, but its nice of the OECD and its Growing Unequal report to provide the concrete evidence. Yes, the social and economic rewards of the free market reforms of the 1980s were captured by the relative few, with disastrous social consequences for New Zealand. In ...

Is Maori Party Flirting With 2011 Electoral Doom?

Monday, October 20th, 2008

Gordon Campbell on the Maori Party’s perilous dance with the National Party wolves Eight years ago, which is eons ago in political time, John McCain seems to have been a more likeable guy. So much so that during the course of an 80 page essay called Up Simba ...

Is Key’s Super Fund Idea So Super?

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

Gordon Campbell on the National Party’s sudden transformation into New Zealand First, and today’s McCain/Obama debate. Intervention used to be such a dirty word on the centre right. Now, the National Party aims to legislate to make the guardians of the Super Fund invest 40% of their ...

Gordon Campbell On The Youtube Leaders Debate

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

In which Scoop Political editor Gordon Campbell finds the inaugural youtube debate as wet as some of the potential questioners For a party that places such a premium on excellence, the National Party has received a lot of mileage in the last twelve hours out of mere likeable competence. By ...

Labour’s Student Debt Monster Plan – Greens Energy Fund

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

***** Gordon Campbell on the universal student allowance and the axeing of the Greens’ billion dollar energy efficiency fundIf any election bribe can be justified, one that seeks to reduce student debt is acceptable enough - especially since the announcement comes right in the middle of a ...