Scoop Election 08: edited by Gordon Campbell

Archive for November, 2011

On the cuppa tea tape and billboard circuses

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

First the secret cuppa tea tape, then the billboard defacement plot. Just when the election campaign looked like the mainstream media might have to focus on boring old policy, here come the diversions to the rescue. Was serial billboard defacer Jolyon White one of Russel Norman’s highly trained squad of ...

On the Banks/Key taping saga

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Bringing in the heavy legal artillery to suppress the contents of the Banks/Key conversation – the Police and/or a court injunction if necessary – may well halt the publication of the contents until after the election, which is probably the intention. Time is of the essence. If the tape contains statements ...

On the election campaign’s fixation with the future

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Less than two weeks to go. And what is NOT being talked about in this campaign is at least as important as what appears on the daily round of press releases and photo opportunities. Has anyone for instance, heard any policy yet that treats the growth in income disparity and/or ...

On the Nats’ secret agenda for MMP, and a political star in the making

Friday, November 11th, 2011

One of the odder subtexts of the campaign is the serial ‘spontaneity’ with which National Party candidates are endorsing the SM (Supplementary Member) system in the MMP referendum. While the political parties have officially claimed they shouldn’t take an overt stance on the voting system, National seems to have ...

On credibility, and the government’s irrigation plans

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Like the Biblical loaves and fishes, the government’s Future Investment Fund from asset sales just keeps on giving – $1 billion for schools and hospitals one day, a $400 million ‘investment’ in irrigation yesterday – even before the money actually exists in any palpable, cash in the hand fashion. In the ...

On the only foreign policy issue in this campaign

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Ten years ago come Saturday, the Taliban fled Kabul as the US–led forces of Operation Enduring Freedom reached the gates of the Afghan capital. Things have really gone swimmingly since then, haven’t they? Stability, security and independence are as far away as ever. At last count – by ...

On some possible options for the Greens

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Is it written in the Green Party’s DNA that they will eventually become the nation’s sole centrist party? Events seem to be conspiring to push the Greens in that direction, with all the hellish choices it will entail. Let's assume for instance, that once the election dust settles Prime Minister ...

On National’s asset sales debacle

Monday, November 7th, 2011

The concession by Finance Minister Bill English that National may not get the $5-7 billion it expected from its asset sales programme is a hammer blow to the government’s credibility. A less charitable view would be that having made an ideological commitment to the sales process, English is now talking ...

On the first week of the campaign

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Labour needed to make inroads early in this campaign. It had to capture voter attention – hey, maybe this could be a real fight after all – and maintain the momentum. Instead, it frittered away the good beginning by Labour leader Phil Goff (on Monday’s televised debate) with a horrendous ...

On Phil Goff’s debacle in Christchurch

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Any points Phil Goff may have won in the television debate a few days ago went west during last night’s public debate in Christchurch – which, as Vernon Small says, had turned into something close to a rout by night’s end. The centre-left can feel justifiably furious at Goff and his ...