Scoop Election 08: edited by Gordon Campbell

Archive for October, 2011

On evidence that New Zealand is a more socially just society than Australia

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Illustration by Tim Denee – www.timdenee.com Before this election campaign began, there was a lot of angst about our income gap with Australia. We will hear more about it during the election campaign. That alone makes this Bertelsmann Foundation report on social justice indicators within the OECD worth reading. The report ...

On Labour’s plans to raise the retirement age

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Labour’s plan to raise the retirement age from 65 to 67 by 2033 (with exemptions for some manual workers) and to gradually lift employer Kiwisaver contributions to 7% over the same period is hardly a revolutionary step. As many have already pointed out, they’re doing much the same across ...

On our election campaign opening, and Tunisia’s election triumph

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

As the election campaigns of the major parties kick off, our own Electoral Commission should take inspiration from its counterpart in Tunisia, and in particular from this fantastic piece of street theatre aimed at getting people out to vote. It begins with the sudden appearance on a suburban building of ...

On the Prefu, and on the RWC attempts to vilify the French

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Update: Audio - Bill English speaks to media at the release of the 2011 pre-election fiscal update.Click a link to play audio (or right-click to download) in eitherMP3 format or in OGG format. No surprise, really, that Treasury’s pre-election economic and fiscal update proved to be such a highly political document. ...

Gordon Campbell On The Occupy Movement

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Wellington's Occupation in their own words The Occupied Dominion Post - Issue 1 Monday 24th October PDF Download - 667kb For a long time, political demonstrations have been highly impersonal affairs. Almost as sterile and almost as impersonal in fact, as going to a mainstream church on Sunday. In both settings, people ...

Gordon Campbell on the Rugby World Cup Victory

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Opinion - Gordon Campbell This close, nail biting victory – without the triumphalism that the All Blacks running riot over their opponents would have entailed – was the best possible result, politically as well. Defeat would have been intolerable, and would have seen the ...

On the death of Gaddafi and how the Rena spill relates to East Cape oil exploration

Friday, October 21st, 2011

The death of Muammar Gaddafi – either from wounds inflicted by a NATO air strike, or (more likely) from summary execution on his way to hospital – cancels the option of an international war crimes trial. Doubtless, such a trial would have given the Libyan dictator a useful platform ...

Gordon Campbell on who should pay for the Rena clean-up

Monday, October 17th, 2011

So Transport Minister Stephen Joyce will be meeting this morning with the Mediterranean Shipping Company, the Greek firm that chartered the Rena from its Greek owners, Costamare Inc – with a view to getting MSC to front up to take some responsibility for how the ship was being operated.

On RNZ’s banning of Bomber Bradbury

Monday, October 10th, 2011

The lifelong ban that RNZ has now been imposed of Martyn “Bomber” Bradbury for breaching the state broadcaster’s hallowed standards of balance is outrageous, even if privately, Bomber is probably having a Groucho Marx moment – in that, in the wake of RNZ’s craven behaviour, he probably wouldn’t want to ...

On why the deal on Police covert video surveillance is a travesty

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Click for big version. At Saturday's protest against the bill in Wellington. Photo by Anne Russell. So a cosy deal has been reached between National and Labour on the shape of the interim legislation governing the Police use of covert video surveillance. The retrospective part of the government’s proposed Video Camera Surveillance Bill ...