Scoop Election 08: edited by Gordon Campbell

Archive for December, 2008

Gordon Campbell on Israel’s offensive in Gaza

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

Collective punishment is a war crime under section 33 of the Geneva Convention, and New Zealand is one of the 194 signatory countries to that Convention. Not that this has meant very much to us in recent weeks and months, as it applies to Israel’s actions in ...

Gordon Campbell on 2008, and a holiday beyond politics

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Over the next fortnight or so, the mainstream media will be providing Year in Review space fillers aplenty, so enough already for the Barack Obama/John Key recaps, and lets all try to forget that Sarah Palin and Owen Glenn ever existed… Personally, I’d like to thank anyone/everyone who has dropped by ...

New Zealand needs to change tack on Fiji

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Gordon Campbell Commodore Bainimarama - Image Selwyn Manning ***** In every crisis there is an opportunity, and Commodore Bainimarama has given the new National-led government the chance to rescue New Zealand from the dead end policy stance of the Clark government. Later today, we will find out whether ...

Gordon Campbell On The Transition Package, And Paid Police Spies Within Protest Groups

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

The Transition Package There is a striking lack of co-ordination between the existing benefit system and the government’s ‘worst case scenario’ transition package. Although the government expects 70,000 New Zealanders to lose their jobs during the next two years, its transition package offers – at best – only 16 weeks ...

Gordon Campbell On National’s ‘Failure To Communicate’

Saturday, December 13th, 2008

Gordon Campbell on the 90 day employment Bill of Wrongs Any honeymoon the new government might have hoped to enjoy has been blown away by its pre-Christmas blitz on taxation, industrial relations, bail, and education issues. Bills have been put into urgency before they even had proper names, ...

Firing At Will And Firing Up Broadband

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Gordon Campbell on the 90 day ‘fire at will’ legislation, and on the faster broadband plan. So much for due consideration to an important change to workplace rights. The new government will be ramming through its 90 day probationary period for new workers under urgency. This ‘fire ...

Gordon Campbell IV’s Lord Bingham of Cornhill

Monday, December 8th, 2008

Images Kevin List ***** Gordon Campbell talks to Britain’s foremost legal authority about human rights in the post 9/11 world, and the war in Iraq. In April this year, the Times newspaper listed “ The 100 Most Powerful Lawyers in Britain” and noted there was “no ...

Gordon Campbell on the Christian take-over of Wellywood

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

Everyone knows that Hollywood is a den of godless, Obama –loving pinko liberals. That being so, New Zealand’s transformation, post Rings, into a minor hub of Christian movie making seems like…well, a minor miracle. In my experience, local film crews tend to be more the hell-raising sort than ...

The Key To Escape From Thailand?

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

Gordon Campbell on the escape flights from Thailand, and on taxing people for flying long distances. While the Australians are laying on special Qantas flights out of Thailand in order to rescue their citizens from a situation that could turn violent at short notice, our government ...

What Agenda Now For TVNZ?

Monday, December 1st, 2008

Gordon Campbell on the scrapping of Agenda and the future of state broadcasting The recent axing of TVNZ’s current affairs programme Agenda has been only the last step in a long decline. The damage was done long ago, with the quarantining of the show to a timeslot ...