Scoop Election 08: edited by Gordon Campbell

Archive for April, 2012

Gordon Campbell on the John Banks vs Kim Dotcom saga

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Article - Gordon Campbell Click for original version. Cartoon by Martin Doyle Is it too soon to start talking about the curse of the Act Party leadership? The toll at the top is becoming quite alarming….Rodney Hide, Don Brash, and now John Banks is in trouble. To the point where Banks’ current line ...

On the relevance of the latest Hobbit revelations

Friday, April 27th, 2012

This morning’s release by RNZ of its OIA requests on The Hobbit is not ancient history. It offers a rare glimpse into the fashion in which this government “negotiates” with major corporates, and this could hardly be more timely - given the secrecy that continues to surround a Sky City casino ...

On how the government is ducking responsibility for meeting needs in Christchurch

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Like events in some 19th century Russian novel, hardship in Christchurch keeps grinding on, while the powers-that-be appear quite indifferent to the suffering occurring all around them. For months, the shortage of housing and the related escalation in rents in Christchurch has triggered calls for Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee ...

On the dubious economic case for the Auckland convention centre

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

For now, Labour and the Greens are not opposing the convention centre in Auckland per se, but are asking for the tendering process to be re-opened. That would, at least, enable a more up to date public examination of the business case for the convention centre to be carried out, ...

On where government could be saving millions

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Image: RNZAF Ever since the last White Paper in 2010, Defence has been putting its staff through the wringer in a cost reduction exercise so demoralising that aspects of the plan now seem to be in jeopardy. A major part of this plan has involved taking some of the work currently done ...

On short term contracting in the public service, and paid parental leave

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

It is always dangerous to base a story on personal experience… So this is being offered mainly out of curiosity, to see whether anyone out there has had coalface experience of what this anecdote is about. Here goes. While seeking an interview for a story with a government department last week, ...

On the government’s new PPP deal in education

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Supposedly, the big advantage of public/private partnerships is that they will bring the alleged efficiencies of the private sector to projects that involve public money – but here’s the catch. In the PPP deal on education announced yesterday, we’re not going to be allowed to know whether that’s true, because ...

On Gerry Brownlee, the Christchurch recovery and Jafar Panahi

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Famously, Winston Churchill once described one of his American political allies as being “the only bull I know who carries his own china shop around with him.” Alas, Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee manages the same trick – hello Finland, just kidding – and his exchanges this week with ...

On corporate manslaughter, and France’s upcoming elections

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Yesterday, the Pike River inquiry heard renewed calls for a criminal charge of corporate manslaughter to be put on the books in New Zealand. “Some of the issues canvassed in the evidence [about Pike River] once again raise feeling among the public,” Council of Trade Unions lawyer Rosas Wilson told ...

On charter schools, and DoL backdown at Pike River

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Years ago and in a more innocent time, whenever advertising agencies wanted to spice up a product for local consumers they would use the word “ American” in the pitch – because back then, the United States was taken to be synonymous with all that was new and fashionable. Thus, ...