Scoop Election 08: edited by Gordon Campbell

Archive for July, 2010

On the Chris Carter fiasco

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Click for big version If Chris Carter’s recent trip to Tibet was in search of spiritual enlightenment, he will have come back with a ready explanation for his current problems: bad karma. There can hardly have been a more blatant case of self-inflicted damage to a political career. The state of ...

On the despicable decision on blood alcohol driving limits

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Yesterday’s non-decision on the alcohol limit has underlined once again that the Key government is not interested in governing for the benefit of New Zealand – that process seems to scare it silly. Alcohol seems to bring out the worst in this tendency. A few months ago it ruled out ...

On Haiti, as the hurricanes arrive

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Six months after the Haiti earthquake, only a trickle of the $10 billion in aid that had been pledged by dozens of countries and multilateral agencies has actually been delivered to Haiti. Reportedly, only a handful of countries – namely, Brazil, Australia, Estonia and Norway – have actually walked the ...

On the mining backdown

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

The government’s formal capitulation ( due later today) on the mining of Schedule Four conservation land is a smashing victory for the public – one that has been made possible in part by the Key government’s skittish tendency to back off from policies that significantly threaten its mainstream popularity. Something ...

On the making of The Hobbit

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Given that successive governments have identified the film industry as a prime catalyst of the knowledge economy, you might have expected more local media attention would be being paid to the sale of MGM, which will directly determine whether and when The Hobbit gets made here, and by whom. Taking ...

On the Waihopai ‘Claim of Right’ Defence, and Arming the Police

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Jump to 'Reduce Violence : Arm the Police. Yeah, right.' Usually when the public feels outraged by an acquittal in a high profile trial, the response by the Justice Minister of the day is to defend the jury system. You know the drill - the jury were in the courtroom, they ...

On the ideology behind state spending cuts, and the Bethune aftermath

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Clearly, the cuts to government spending are being driven by ideology and not by the state of the economy. Yesterday’s figures revealed a government deficit of only $4.7 billion for the 11 months to May, which is an improvement of $1.1 billion on the position forecast in the May ...

On John Key getting us mixed up in Australia’s problems with asylum seekers

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Click for big version Asylum seekers? We’ve been here before under a National-led government. In 1999, the then-Immigration Minister Tuariki Delamere used the spectre of 120 Chinese boat people coming over the horizon to rush through Immigration Act changes that allowed for mass, indefinite detention of asylum seekers. According to ...

On why our business leaders continue to believe in the confidence fairy

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

(Also: On Vincent Ward) Given the poor economic data from the United States in June, the Reserve Bank obviously needs to halt the upward march of interest rates. While it has been politically expedient for the Key government to talk up the signs of recovery, the recent economic data on soft ...

On The Jackson Film Commission review

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

So the long awaited, year-in-the-making blockbuster review of the Film Commission has finally been delivered by Sir Peter Jackson and David Court, and is now available at a website near you. The developmental arc of the review falls into three main parts: complaints, a short burst of diagnosis, and a shortlist ...