Scoop Election 08: edited by Gordon Campbell

Archive for February, 2012

On bank profits, and Gerry Brownlee’s asset sales plans for Christchurch

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Click for big version. The news that the banks in New Zealand have returned to their pre-global recession levels of profit comes as no real surprise. New Zealand banks and their Australian masters have weathered the global financial crisis better than their counterparts elsewhere, and were less responsible than those overseas ...

On the Maori response to the SOE asset sales

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

The government’s relationship with the Maori Party over the partial selldown of the state’s four energy companies is not yet terminal, but it is looking extremely untidy. Last week’s battle over the government’s attempt to exempt private investors from Treaty obligations over these SOEs has now been further complicated by ...

On the predator society

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

In these last few days before Parliament opens and the cycle of normal political life resumes, significant stories are gaining coverage that they might otherwise struggle to achieve. This morning, they included another example of consumers being treated as sitting ducks by supposedly “free market” forces. Apparently, the retail price of ...

On Mitt Romney’s victory in Florida

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

So Romney now looks a certainty to be the Republican candidate against Barack Obama in November, after yesterday’s win in conservative Florida put paid to the claim that he was not really conservative enough to win the nomination. Sure, he did so mainly by outspending Newt Gingrich in Florida by ...

On today’s protest march in Christchurch

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Reading meaning into the utterances of Christchurch mayor Bob Parker is always a risky business, but Parker’s comment to the Press the other day that ‘People should be careful what they wish for’ was a fascinating statement in the light of today’s citizens’ demonstration in Christchurch. It is tempting to read ...