Scoop Election 08: edited by Gordon Campbell

Archive for November, 2011

On David Shearer, and the Maori Party

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Of the three Davids contesting the Labour leadership, David Shearer’s main appeal is as the anti-candidate, the guy who aspires to the top job after a career of high achievement outside Parliament. He’s similar in that respect, to you-know-who. In 2009, I remember asking what had been the biggest culture ...

On the challenges facing Labour’s new leader

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

While some are urging Labour to take its own good time over deciding on a new leadership team, there is little reason to think that a delay would be productive, and not merely an occasion for more sniping and bloodletting instead. After all, the election loss and Phil Goff’s subsequent resignation ...

On the election outcomes

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Well, at least the election has pinpointed the site of Labour’s Last Stand – on Saturday night, south Auckland was almost the only place in the country where Labour grew its party vote. Elsewhere, and in former Labour strongholds like West Auckland, Dunedin and Christchurch, even Labour’s successful electoral candidates ...

On Information Shearing

Friday, November 25th, 2011

“If God did not want them to be sheared, He would not have made them sheep” — Calvera, the bandit leader, explains the nature of campaign politics to Yul Brynner in The Magnificent Seven In the end, those tired old rugby analogies turned out to be relevant to this election ...

On why even financial analysts are jumping ship on the asset sales plan

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Barring a miracle, John Key will be getting the green light in 48 hours time to sell off a 49% stake in several of our most valuable state assets. In recent weeks, the issue has come down to a fairly simple question – would we lose money or save money ...

On child poverty

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Last night, if you missed Bryan Bruce’s brilliant TV3 documentary on child poverty in New Zealand –or would like your relatives and friends to see it – the relevant link is here. What Bruce simply and clearly demonstrated was that the diseases of poverty are preventable. Moreover Bruce showed them to ...

On last night’s TV3 debate

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Phil Goff’s won last night’s TV3 leaders’ debate handily, such that it seemed as if John Key has already decided that Goff is no longer the main thing standing between him and comprehensive victory. The rise of Winston Peters, and the parlous state of his wavering coalition allies in Epsom ...

On the Greens’ end game this week

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Illustration by Tim Denee – www.timdenee.com Into the home stretch, and National is moving the campaign focus from one diversion (the Epsom tape) to the big kahuna of political distractions, Winston Peters. National is plainly worried that some of its own supporters who object to asset sales may be about to ...

On whether politicians should have the same rights to privacy

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Eight days before an election. The Police are poised to search major newsrooms to try and validate the government’s determination to conceal (at least until election day) the evidence that the Great Leader is saying one thing in public and something quite different in private. One can safely assume that if ...

On Epsom, and dodgy aspects of the asset sales programme

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Illustration by Tim Denee – www.timdenee.com So last night, even Peter Dunne – always a reliable weathervane on which way the political wind is blowing – came out to say the contents of the Epsom tape should be released. That leaves only Don Brash and the Maori Party in John Key’s ...