Scoop Election 08: edited by Gordon Campbell

Archive for June, 2010

On the World Cup, and the media’s buy-in to the national mood of elation

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Well, New Zealand made a splash in the Fifa World Cup coverage yesterday – and I don’t mean via the draw with Italy. No, the Guardian was reporting how New Zealand is being cited as a justification for the bizarre and draconian decision to criminally prosecute the Dutch women who ...

On our costly and futile efforts in Afghanistan

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Routinely, we are told that the New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Afghanistan’s Bamiyan province has been doing a great job – and maybe they are, with the limited resources they have – but without much being available in the way of feedback from the locals about how they ...

Gordon Campbell on the foreshore and seabed deal, and Gaza blockade

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

By Gordon Campbell The Maori Party seems to have won few immediate and tangible benefits from its long awaited deal on the foreshore and seabed - and nothing at all (beyond a cosmetic name change) from the position that was staked out recently by the government in its consultation document. Furthermore, ...

On a solution for the Ministerial spending scandal, and for child poverty

Friday, June 11th, 2010

The litmus test in the Ministerial expenses scandal is what would happen to an ordinary employee who repeatedly misused the company or departmental credit card in the fashion exposed in the last couple of days. Repaying the money would not be enough – dismissal would usually follow, especially if there ...

On the Green Party conference

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

The Greens held their party conference last weekend - the first for some years not dominated by an actual or pending leadership change. This time, the new team of Russel Norman and Meteria Turei could focus entirely on the traditional functions of party conferences – rallying the troops, and pitching ...

On the rugby apology to Maori, the Gaza blockade and lying about Kiwibank

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Isn’t there something truly weird about any Maori Party request to government for an apology over the exclusion of Maori players from tours to apartheid-era South Africa? Lets get it straight. New Zealand’s repeated decisions to play rugby with apartheid South Africa were morally wrong and served to wreck the ...

On the need for New Zealand to condemn the Gaza blockade

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

The Israeli attack on the Turkish aid convoy to Gaza, and its subsequent slaughter of the civilians on board is being condemned around the world. That the commando raid was mounted in order to prevent the delivery of medical aid, building supplies and other humanitarian assistance to the inhabitants ...