Scoop Election 08: edited by Gordon Campbell

Archive for May, 2009

Gordon Campbell On The Greens Leadership Change

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

Talk about the bleedingly obvious. In the aftermath of the last election, the Green Party moved a few floors upwards into more spacious digs in Bowen House. One area was reserved for three MPs whose offices were adjacent and whose names appeared together on the same small plaque by the ...

The Budget’s tightening noose

Friday, May 29th, 2009

Judging by the Budget, the good news is that Finance Minister Bill English is not the beady eyed ‘lets take this theory and see if it works on people’ sort of ideologue that we saw in the 80s, early 90s. That’s about where the good bit ends. The bad ...

Budget to push the “P” button?

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

The tone of the Budget is almost as important as its content, and while everyone – for good reason – is expecting a grim Budget on Thursday, there are political reasons why there also has to light at the end of the tunnel, a vision of triumph over adversity ...

On the power company rip-offs

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Spot the difference. A Rotorua couple get $10 million overpaid by Westpac into their bank account and hive off with it, with Interpol and the police poring over the paper trail, in hot pursuit. The four main power companies get $4.4 billion overpaid into their bank accounts by the New ...

The need to control loan sharks

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

As jobs vanish and incomes shrink during the recession, loan sharks can be expected to prey more avidly on poor and vulnerable communities. After all, even the main lending banks have hardly been innocent of predatory lending practices. In April, Prime Minister John Key criticized the banks for the interest ...

Campbell on the Christine Rankin appointment

Friday, May 15th, 2009

For all his considerable media skills, Prime Minister John Key has a tendency to wing it on the details in ways that must be terrifying for his media minders. He stays on message alright, but consistently over-eggs the delivery. To be charitable, I’m assuming that’s what happened this morning on ...

The Melissa Lee Factor

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Click to enlarge Melissa Lee’s emergence as the poster child of the Key government is so apt, it makes the process of politics seem karmically ordained. It is rare indeed to find arrogance and ignorance combined so exquisitely in the one harsh and clanging package, and the P.R. crew down at ...

On Auckland’s Recession

Monday, May 11th, 2009

Is the recession something that is mainly happening to Aucklanders? Last Thursday’s Household Labour Force Survey (HLFS) contained evidence to support that notion. Nationally, the recession effects are being felt and worse is being projected, but the figures for Auckland have been worse than elsewhere.

McCully’s oversell of changes to our foreign aid programme

Friday, May 8th, 2009

The belated release yesterday of the April 23 Cabinet papers on the changes to New Zealand’s aid programme suggest that Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully has been more mouth than trousers on this topic. Of late, McCully has been talking up a storm about the need for a culture ...

The Labour re-shuffle (And Mt Albert)

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

The Labour re-shuffle of its front bench and shadow portfolio areas is an understandable move. Six months into a new leadership, senior figures such as Michael Cullen leaving….it is all very timely. Also, the May 28 Budget will be a defining moment for the Key government and Goff needs ...