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Archive for September, 2010

Gordon Campbell on the trade unions vs Peter Jackson wrangle over ‘The Hobbit’.

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

If the production of The Hobbit does finally move to eastern Europe, it would not be because of the actors’ wage bill or any fresh royalties deal on residuals – it would be because the producers stood to get a sufficiently better financial deal from doing so. That possibility ...

On the Games, and progress in exporting democracy

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Reportedly, Scotland and Wales are sending their teams to the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, while Canada and New Zealand are still delaying team departures, until sufficient progress is evident. Unwittingly, the Games are serving as a pretty good analogy for the tatty state of the Commonwealth itself.

On taking away the right to vote from prisoners, and John Key’s latest slur on MMP

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Click for big version For the last few months a silly and spiteful private members Bill sponsored by National MP Paul Quinn has been working its way through the system. In essence, this legislation will deny the right to vote to anyone who is in jail. The Attorney-General Chris Finlayson ...

On the draconian Christchurch Earthquake legislation

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Come back Frank Bainimarama, all is forgiven. As of last night, New Zealand has surrendered the moral high ground from which to could denounce the dictator of Fiji, who – as such rulers tend to do – also sees his powers as being necessary for the greater good. Via the ...

On John Key’s false rationale for being in Afghanistan, and Vincent Gallo’s sweet revenge

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Late last week, a major bi-partisan American organization released its report on the policy options facing the US and NATO forces in Afghanistan. This was no left wing think tank. The Economist praised the report by the Afghanistan Study Group in this article and I’ll go into the magazine’s reasons ...

Gordon Campbell offers a solution to the US hostility to Islam

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Bigotry has been having a bumper week, worldwide. Thankfully, the plans by the pastor of a tiny evangelical church in Florida to burn the Koran have been called off. Yet those plans were only the latest ripple from a similarly irrational outburst of hostility against plans to build ...

On the ‘quake aftermath, and Sean Plunket’s exit

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

The news that Police have reported a 53% leap in domestic violence incidents in the wake of the Christchurch earthquake stands in stark contrast to the media narratives of community resilience and stoicism that have dominated media coverage to date. The surprising thing about the Police stats (also being ...

On Peter Dunne’s review of child support

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

In his comments this morning about his planned review of the child support legislation, Revenue Minister Peter Dunne is showing every sign of just tinkering with the scheme - rather than engaging with the regular complaints about the rigid legal formula that sets the level of child support ...

On the South Canterbury Finance bailout

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Like the war in Iraq, there doesn’t seem to have been an exit strategy for the Retail Deposit Guarantee Scheme – and the extension of the scheme until the end of 2011 has been the government’s way of mutely recognizing the ongoing fragility of the sector. The $1.775 billion bill ...