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Archive for December, 2010

Gordon Campbell on the government’s war with itself

Friday, December 24th, 2010

Article - Gordon Campbell All hands in the crew steering the good ship NZ Inc are supposed to be (a) pulling their own weight and (b) pulling in the same direction. Clearly, this wasn’t the case here in a ...

Gordon Campbell on Helen Clark’s sob story, and the persecution of Jafar Panahi

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

So former Prime Minister Helen Clark is ‘incensed’ at US diplomatic cables that suggests her real reason for sending New Zealand engineers into Iraq, was to retain Fonterra’s access to the lucrative UN oil-for-food programme. Apparently, the speculation contained in the cable had been passed onto US diplomats in ...

On the fiasco in overseas aid funding and the latest evidence that watching Fox News really does make you more stupid

Friday, December 17th, 2010

The personal vendetta being waged by Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully against aid sector NGOs has now reached its inevitable, illogical conclusion – half of the applications for aid projects (60 out 104 submitted) have been rejected, chaos surrounds the criteria under which funding decisions are being made, and ...

On faster (pricier) broadband, and our ongoing Afghan delusions

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

As the government gradually releases the detail of its ultrafast broadband package, it is becoming clear that this initiative will not be the boon for ordinary households that the government has been painting it to be. In an interesting piece in the Sunday Star-Times on the weekend (not online) ...

On disenfranchising prisoners, and ‘Desperate Housewives’ as a Saudi tool of oppression

Friday, December 10th, 2010

The pre-Christmas period is traditionally a time for dumping politically noxious material on the public, in the hope they’ll be too distracted to notice. Certainly, the passing into law the other night of Paul Quinn’s private members’ Bill (that denies prisoners the right to vote) concludes as vile a ...

On the Wongs, and more on Police pursuits

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Surprise surprise. Sammy Wong may not have told Lockwood Smith’s appointed Parliamentary Services investigator all of the relevant truth relating to one of Wong’s taxpayer subsidized trips to China in 2005. Wong told the investigation that the purpose of the trip in question was to research his family tree – ...

On needless Police pursuit deaths, and the new Catch 22 powers of the SIS

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

At his post Cabinet press conference yesterday, Prime Minister John Key confirmed that 18 people had died in police pursuits this year. Scoop asked him how many of those people had been (a) fleeing from a crime scene or had been engaged in criminal activity and (b) were driving their own, ...

On Treasury’s ideological hostility to film tax breaks

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Treasury's religious objection to tax breaks and the left wing’s objection to paying subsidies to US multinationals like Warners have converged in their joint hostility to the Large Budget Screen Production Grants Scheme. The tax breaks for the film industry have resulted, so the NZ Herald dutifully claims this ...

On the Wikileaks window on US diplomacy

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

The Wikileaks release of diplomatic cables has unearthed some great moments in US diplomacy. High affairs of state? Not always. Hillary Clinton’s belief that Argentine president Cristina Kirchner was so nervy and anxious that she must be on medication and could US diplomats please verify that fact? – ...