Scoop Election 08: edited by Gordon Campbell

Archive for November, 2008

Gordon Campbell on the lack of preparations for the financial crisis

Friday, November 28th, 2008

Famous fictional boss CJ didn't get where he is today by not planning for a financial crisis ***** On paper, the new government’s reaction to the global financial crisis - namely, a $7 billion ‘stimulation package’ of government spending spread over the next two years - looks like ...

Creating Jobs In The Teeth Of The Financial Crisis

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

By Gordon Campbell Local Government Minister Rodney Hide talks about slashing red tape on Close Up 25.11.08 ***** Giving the local government portfolio to Rodney Hide creates some management challenges for John Key. Can Key really afford to let Hide loose down the privatising track in local government – which ...

Gordon Campbell on John Key’s performance in Peru

Monday, November 24th, 2008

Image: APEC The clip on last night’s television of George W. Bush genially patting new boy John Key on the back at the APEC gathering in Peru was not only embarrassing to watch. It was a reminder that a change of government is not just about policy settings. It ...

90s Cabinet Gets Key Coat of Varnish

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

Prime Minister in waiting John Key announces his Cabinet ***** The new Cabinet has been greeted with such hosannas from the mainstream media we can only assume some of those articles were really job applications, disguised as commentary. Get a grip. Has there ever been an incoming administration that ...

Key’s Deals With ACT And The Maori Party

Monday, November 17th, 2008

***** Despite sitting outside Cabinet, Rodney Hide, Roger Douglas and their ACT Party mates are positioning themselves to be the bean counters in the new government, by controlling the reviews of government spending and regulation. In particular, John Key has agreed to adopt Hide’s New Zealand Taxpayers Bill of ...

Gordon Campbell On The New Breed Of Conservatives

Friday, November 14th, 2008

The premise of Labour’s election campaign was that John Key was either (a) a vacuum waiting to be filled by political expedience or (b) a secret hardliner masking his real intentions until he could gain power. Both ways, the assumption was that something akin to an anti-government, free ...

Gordon Campbell on the new Labour leadership

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

Not unexpectedly, Phil Goff’s first press conference as Labour leader did include a mea culpa of sorts for the “disconnect’ that had occurred in Labour’s relations with the New Zealand public - although the who, how and why of this inexplicable fault in the wiring was not fleshed out ...

Economic Crisis – How About A Minister Outside Cabinet!

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

Gordon Campbell on John Key’s peculiar government, and its response to the economic crisis That John Key certainly is a joker. In the face of the biggest global economic crisis in 80 years, the new government has come up with a governing structure whereby….either and probably both Rodney Hide ...

Gordon Campbell’s Election Wrap Up + Predictions

Monday, November 10th, 2008

Click to enlarge From now on, this 2008 election can serve as the poster child of MMP. In future, anyone who wants to seriously diss MMP – or hold a referendum to get rid of it – will have to grapple with Saturday’s compelling evidence for the defence. ...

Election 08: Key Urges NZ To Work Together – Clark Stands Down – ACT in Box Seat – Winston Is Gone & Roger Douglas Returns

Saturday, November 8th, 2008

Live blogged by Scoop Co-editor Alastair Thompson Postscript - 11am 9 November 2008 - Historically speaking the scale of National's 45.5% vote share in this election is remarkable. It is far and away the largest MMP majority ever achieved, and high even in FPP terms. Labour achieved a little over 41% ...