Scoop Election 08: edited by Gordon Campbell

Archive for August, 2010

On the mainstream media, and the expanding war in Yemen

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Safe to say the mainstream media and the blogosphere do not hold particularly positive views of each other. Its like a family affair. In general, the MM treat the blogworld as some wild kid who is all fun and no responsibility, while bloggers treat the MM as a clueless older ...

On the government’s selective targeting of young drinkers

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Frontispiece of Hobbes' "Leviathan". How times change. Only a couple of years ago, New Zealand was allegedly beset with Nanny Statism because the Clark government had passed a law that could conceivably criminalise parents if they hit small children for purposes of correction. Now, the same people who made such a ...

On the Aussie election stalemate

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

As the Sydney Morning Herald columnist Peter Hartcher says, there’s a rough justice to the Australian election outcome, given that both major parties ran essentially as opposition leaders – Julia Gillard against the Rudd government whose mistakes she promised to fix and Tony Abbott as the opposition force able to throw ...

The ACT horror show, and the Ground Zero mosque

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Images, Audio & Report: Hide Ducks Questions on ACT Leadership CoupThere’s one way for the ACT Party to solve its current financial problems – surely there must be a top rating reality TV show hiding in that rough 82 page draft that Heather Roy and her assistant Simon Ewing-Jarvie have helpfully ...

On the Heather Roy coup, and the liquor vote

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Image & Audio: Hide Ducks Questions on ACT Leadership Coup The entire Act caucus would fit comfortably into a small rowing boat. If Rodney Hide can’t manage an internal discussion among five people about the party’s leadership without throwing people overboard, what on earth is he doing trying to organise the ...

On Labour’s money problems and looming by-elections

Monday, August 16th, 2010

If Labour and its leadership didn’t have enough immediate problems, the party’s capacity to mount an effective election campaign next year is certain to come under increasing strain, given the drain on its resources in coming months. Labour has already fought one expensive by-election campaign this term in Mt Albert. ...

On the government’s hostility towards women

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Image: Pay equity campaigners want “no stone unturned”Once again, the Key government has shown it doesn’t give a stuff about issues that primarily affect women. Cabinet has rejected an official recommendation to compensate the victims of a rape culture that existed within the Police It has also shown no ...

On welfare bashing, and driving up a dead end in Afghanistan

Monday, August 9th, 2010

The government’s welfare working group has dutifully delivered the findings the government wants to hear. To Paula Rebstock and her colleagues, being on welfare is primarily a failure of attitude by beneficiaries – and has little or nothing to do with failures by government or business to create jobs, or ...

On the appointing of Zaoui’s tormenter to investigate complaints against the Police

Friday, August 6th, 2010

There’s no success like failure, as Bob Dylan once pointed out, and failure is no success at all. A reward for failure is the only way that one can treat the utterly astonishing appointment of Richard Woods to the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) for a term of two years. In ...

On our first combat death in Afghanistan

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

The first fatality in the New Zealand deployment in Afghanistan has occurred on the same day the Dutch ended their deployment in Uruzgan province, as a prelude to pulling their entire force of 1.900 troops out of Afghanistan next month. Clearly, conflict exists between the members of the ISAF ...