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Archive for March, 2011

Gordon Campbell on Earthquake Welfare and Libya

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Illustration by Tim Denee - The decision to phase out the government’s support package for Christchurch business seems to have been plucked from the air within ministerial offices in Wellington, and not reached by any process of consultation with the businesses affected. The wage subsidies for qualifying firms will be ...

On the intervention in Libya

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Click for big version Illustration by Tim Denee - Was the intervention in Libya justified – and if so, does that mean the invasion of Iraq in 2003 was justified? The conditions laid down by the French for their participation in enforcing a no-fly zone over Libyan air space ...

On Japan’s nuclear crisis, and more welfare rumblings

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Illustration by Tim Denee - The nuclear crisis in Japan is a textbook example of why government regulation is essential for public safety. According to this New York Times story, the design risks associated with the type of General Electric designed Mark 1 boiling water reactors now in trouble at ...

On Pike River, shifting RWC games, Libya

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Nearly four months after the Pike River disaster, the mine’s unpaid contractors are still waiting for the promised government support package to be unveiled. The bills owed to local contractors when the mine exploded amounted to $7 million – and the support package promised in December was always expected to ...

On the Simon Power resignation

Friday, March 4th, 2011

2009 image: werewolf » Doing the Transtasman tango Reportedly, the decision by Justice Minister Simon Power to quit politics at the next election has stunned his party, and “flabbergasted” the Prime Minister. The event it most closely resembles is the decision by his friend and former colleague Katherine Rich to quit ...

On Bill English’s attempt to politicize the earthquake response, plus the Rugby World Cup

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Images: People Gather at Parliament for Moment of SilenceMuch of the inspirational rhetoric surrounding the Christchurch earthquake has had a genuine “We’re all in this together” quality. Certainly, most of the political benefits the quake has delivered to the government have sprung from that same unity of purpose, and shared sense ...