Scoop Election 08: edited by Gordon Campbell

Archive for March, 2012

On Defence’s failed policy of “civilianisation”

Friday, March 9th, 2012

One of the tried and true maxims of management is that business hates uncertainty – because, don’t you know, business can’t be done in a climate where the rules keep on changing, and where CEOs lack a firm foundation on which to base their decisions. Somehow, this wisdom is rarely extended ...

On the Citizens Initiated Referendum on asset sales

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

The launching of a Citizens Initiated Referendum on the question of the partial asset sales is a useful shot across the bows of the government’s intentions – although even if the required amount of valid signatures are gathered, it will be mid 2013 before these are checked and validated. Quite ...

On the mixed-ownership model for state assets

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

By focussing on the spectre of foreign ownership, the critics of the partial asset sales process have been inadvertedly helping the government, by deflecting attention from a more urgent issue : the price that ordinary New Zealanders are going to receive for their assets, once they are sold off to ...

On Rick Santorum and the Republican primary race

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Well, Mitt Romney won narrowly yesterday in Michigan, the family fiefdom that goes back all the way to when his father George ran General Motors and used that platform to became governor of the state. Briefly, George Romney was a presidential candidate in the 1960s until he famously blew his chances ...