Scoop Election 08: edited by Gordon Campbell

Archive for February, 2009

Gordon Campbell on Friday’s job summit, and whether anyone has an end game for the recession

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

How bad is bad likely to be ? At this point, Friday’s job summit will begin under the shadow of a great unknown. No-one it seems, really has an up to date forecast on what unemployment will look like over the next couple of years. Or if they do have ...

Gordon Campbell On Who May Succeed Jeanette Fitzsimons

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Click to enlarge The fortunes of politicians can change overnight – cock of the walk one day, coq au vin the next. Not that Green party Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons will be treated quite so cavalierly, but inevitably once she departs from the centre stage of the party leadership – and it ...

Gordon Campbell on National’s shambolically popular style of government, plus the Israeli election

Friday, February 20th, 2009

Click to enlarge Much as he’d dislike the comparison, Bill English is being almost Bolgeresque in the non- ideological approach he’s taken to running the economy. Ruth Richardson, he isn’t. Corporate bailouts and four day working weeks are sitting up there alongside the old time religion of RMA changes ...

Gordon Campbell on how spying on politicians should be managed in future

Monday, February 16th, 2009

Click to enlarge For the meantime, Prime Minister John Key has kicked for touch on whether security services directly responsible to him should be allowed to keep open and add to the security files they hold on his fellow parliamentarians. Other countries have been grappling with the risks such confidential ...

John Key’s infrastructure announcement

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Click to enlarge So earlier today, we saw Prime Minister John Key unveil phase two of his government’s ‘rolling maul’ of solutions to the financial crisis. Phase one had been somewhat of a popgun affair - $120 million a year for four years – to help small business out with its ...

Campbell: Sir Roger Douglas, And His Orewa Speech

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Quaint. 25 years after Roger Douglas first won the power to affect this country, he has returned to Orewa, the elephant’s graveyard of politicians ( Don Brash, Winston Peters) still intent on stirring the embers of ancient grievances.

Gordon Campbell: Obama, Locke & Israeli Elections

Monday, February 9th, 2009

One of the year’s major foreign policy decisions will soon be landing on the table of John Key’s government. The US will be coming round to ask for our military help. Should New Zealand agree to offer more military aid to help out the Americans in Afghanistan ? Including ...

Gordon Campbell on the challenges that the RMA changes pose for the Maori Party

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Click to enlarge The Maori Party and the National Party are strange bedfellows, and this week has offered a few more examples of the tricky footwork required to keep this relationship on track. Plainly, Prime Minister John Key could not go to Waitangi this week and tell Maori that he'd frozen ...

How the government’s media imagery diverges from reality

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

The media loves a little Westie battler, but is not quite so keen on people who use privilege to get what they want. Last week Paula Bennett seemed to be both, at once. One moment her role in breaking up a brawl was all over the media as an ...