Scoop Election 08: edited by Gordon Campbell

Archive for August, 2009

A Few Extra Reasons Why The Boscawen Bill Should Be Dumped

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

Interesting that Act MP John Boscawen wants to introduce legislation that will try to re-define what is or isn’t a permitted means, and level, of parental discipline. He belongs to the same party that opposes an exemption under the tax rules for GST on food, which would help to feed ...

The Referendum About Hitting Kids

Monday, August 24th, 2009

Diversion, as every parent knows, is a useful ploy in good parenting. You divert the angry child’s attention away – with a game, or another activity – from the thing that would otherwise lead to a violent confrontation. Basically, you change the subject. How ironic then that the entire ...

Rodney Hide’s Supercity ultimatum to the Government

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Click to enlarge Image from: Scoop Satire: Super-City Map As Rodney Hide crawls out onto the ledge and threatens to resign all of his ministerial posts if the Auckland Supercity Council is allowed to include dedicated Maori seats, an anxious nation gathers in the street below with only one thought on its ...

Gordon Campbell: Deliberate defeat in Afghanistan

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Defence Minister Wayne Mapp’s main contribution to the House debate yesterday on Afghanistan was that New Zealand would want to see an improvement in the security situation in 12 months. Fat chance. Mapp’s effort was a signal of just how token this SAS re-deployment really is. No sane person is expecting ...

Gordon Campbell On The Afghan Marital Rape Law

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

New Zealand has a special interest in the rape law that Hamid Karzai has reportedly sneaked into effect only days before the Afghan election on Thursday. The law will particularly affect the Hazara community that form the majority in Bamiyan province, where the bulk of New Zealand’s contribution to the ...

Our cozying up to the military regime in Burma

Friday, August 14th, 2009

If the military regime in Fiji deserves smart sanctions against its officials, relatives, supporters and sports teams – and it does – then you’d think New Zealand would be zealously promoting a policy of absolute zero tolerance towards the military regime in Burma. You’d be wrong, though.

The SAS going Dutch – or Canadian – in Afghanistan

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Now that our SAS troops are heading back into combat in Afghanistan the key question becomes – who are they going to replace? The answer to that would say a lot about what the SAS will be doing and where, inside the country. Apparently, there will be 70 SAS troops ...

Bill English’s Homing Instincts, for the Money

Friday, August 7th, 2009

Clearly, the first item on the review of ministerial expenses is going to be to create a clear definition of what constitutes ‘home’ – because judging by the performance of deputy Prime Minister Bill English, ‘home’ is a word that means what he chooses it to mean. And Dipton – ...

Taxpayer support for Bill English’s home and happiness

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

In recent days, there has been an odd symmetry between Graham Henry’s response to the All Blacks defeat in Durban and John Key’s rationale for the equally lamentable hole his deputy Bill English has dug himself into with his ministerial housing expenses. In both cases, basic mistakes in handling have ...