Scoop Election 08: edited by Gordon Campbell

Archive for December, 2011

On taking the fall for Anne Tolley

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Anyone looking for a textbook case of the apparent politicisation of the public service need look no further than the case of former Northland kura principal Debroah Anne Mutu, who became a potential embarrassment for then-Education Minister Anne Tolley, six weeks out from the election. The initial RNZ report had ...

On the guy who REALLY is running North Korea

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Years ago and while still a cub reporter, I had to accompany Muhammad Ali, Bundini Brown and rest of the Ali retinue on a week long tour of speaking engagements and exhibition fights in New Zealand. It was only on the last day of the tour that I finally figured ...

On Cunliffe’s likely role, and France as the next Eurozone crisis country

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Later this afternoon, we’ll find out just how the new Labour leader David Shearer has managed the difficult task of rewarding his faction while bringing some of his opponents back into the tent. Since David Parker is almost certain to get the new shadow Finance portfolio opposite Finance Minister Bill ...

On Peter Dunne’s casting vote on asset sales

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

As the late Roger Kerr pointed out in 2005, Peter Dunne went into the election that year advocating the 40% selldown of the government’s stake in most SOEs. So Dunne can hardly be accused of not being a consistent advocate of the partial privatisation model – he could more accurately ...

On the Labour leadership change

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

So it is to be David Shearer as leader, and Grant Robertson as deputy. With David Cunliffe, there were always two concerns. One, whether the wider public would warm to Cunliffe’s combatively intellectual style, and secondly whether his caucus would support him loyally in the battle against the Key government. ...

On the coalition agreements

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Now that the three deals done to maintain the National-led coalition are all on the table, its pretty clear how shabby these arrangements really are. United Future for instance has won the promise to “investigate free annual health checks for over 65s when fiscal circumstances allow” – which probably means ...

On Peter Jackson and the West Memphis Three

Friday, December 9th, 2011

At first glance, the news earlier this week that Peter Jackson has just completed a documentary on the West Memphis Three case might seem somewhat odd. After all, the three Paradise Lost documentaries made by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky on the WM3 case have already been one of the ...

On income inequality

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

The OECD report this week that has found New Zealand to have one of the fastest growing income gaps in the entire OECD will come as no surprise. Since the 1980s, successive governments have been complicit in a wealth transfer of massive proportions, as tax revenues collected by increasingly regressive means ...

On charter schools

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Since its inception. Act has been the party of American Crackpot Theories, so we should probably be thankful that the coalition agreement between Act Party leader John Banks and the Key government didn’t include a constitutional right to bear arms. However, the trial of charter schools that is being proposed (within ...

On the Labour Party leadership race

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Newness is in the air, in every sight and every sound. Both candidates seeking to become Labour’s next leader have been citing the need for change, and claiming they’re the right broom for the job – whether it require a change of direction, a revamp of the Labour Brand, the ...