Scoop Election 08: edited by Gordon Campbell

Archive for March, 2012

On the Supreme Court’s mauling of Obamacare

Friday, March 30th, 2012

It's been 12 years since the last shamelessly partisan verdict by the conservative- dominated US Supreme Court when – after the 2000 election – they gift-wrapped the Presidency and handed it to George W. Bush. Yet this week’s oral hearings by the Court on the Obama healthcare legislation (so far, ...

On the Chinese cyber security threat

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

On paper, the decisions to partner with the Chinese firm Huawei in the roll out of ultra fast broadband (and rural broadband) in New Zealand were taken locally, by the Enable Networks in Christchurch, and by WEL Networks in the Waikato. Yet could those decisions really have been made without ...

On The Hunger Games and body image

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Earlier this year, Next magazine published a scary survey on the body image of young New Zealand women, a story that prompted Labour MP Sue Moroney to issue a press release in mid February (“ The Beauty Myth Needs Busting Again”) that lamented the lack of realistic images of women ...

On CEO public sector pay, and North Korea’s nuclear threat

Monday, March 26th, 2012

This morning’s NZ Herald story about the massive pay hikes for chief executives in the public service knocks a hole in the rationale for the government’s programme of public sector cutbacks. Only a couple of weeks ago, Finance Minister Bill English was preaching the need for austerity, in these classic ...

On McCully’s latest debacle, and on a fracking counter-measure

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

So Nick Smith has fallen on his sword, while dutifully covering for John Key’s leadership inadequacies on this issue as he did so. At the outset, Key had tried to sweep the entire affair under the carpet by describing Smith’s main transgression – the reference letter about his friend ...

On the Urewera verdicts (and Nick Smith)

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

While the Crown regroups and rethinks about a possible retrial of the Urewera four, the country should taking a long, hard look at how the Police and prosecution have performed. Talk of a retrial is out of the question, surely. This is just the Crown trying to save face, and ...

On the local government reforms

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Clearly, centre-right governments dislike Big Government only when it isn’t their brand of government. When it is, many of the democratic brakes get removed, quick smart. At heart, the reforms to local government unveiled yesterday see central government dictating to local communities how much, and for what, their rates money ...

On the speeches by John Key and David Shearer

Friday, March 16th, 2012

The much touted smackdown between John Key and David Shearer – one gives a major speech at breakfast, the other at lunchtime! – turned out to be one of those occasions where the rivals spent the entire 15 rounds trying not to put their chin where it might be hit, ...

On David Cunliffe’s comments on the ports of Auckland dispute (and on Iran)

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Labour’s Economic Development spokesperson David Cunliffe made a useful contribution to the ports of Auckland dispute this morning. As Cunliffe says, the proposals that management are trying impose run the risk of losing experienced staff, and undermining the morale and the worksite cohesion that’s necessary for productivity gains to be sustained, ...

On Tinariwen, and the forgotten war in Mali

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Sometimes, civil war in Africa can even bring suffering to the well-heeled patrons of the International Festival of the Arts in Wellington. Tinariwen, the Tuareg rock group from Mali, is due to perform at the Arts Festival tonight – which is big news for anyone who has followed the band’s ...