Scoop Election 08: edited by Gordon Campbell

Archive for May, 2012

Gordon Campbell on the media traffic in vicarious emotion

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Over the course of the past week, the news bulletins have featured a series of nightmare events – the fire in Doha, the murdered hitchhiker in Waimate and the latest round of carnage in Syria. Of them all, the deaths of the New Zealander triplets in the Doha shopping mall ...

Gordon Campbell on affording National Super (and ignoring child poverty)

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

It may be called “National” Superannuation, but the relationship between the National Party and retirement income has rarely been a happy one, over the last three decades. In the mid 1970s, Robert Muldoon torpedoed the Kirk government's compulsory superannuation savings scheme which, had it lasted, would be worth in the ...

Gordon Campbell on the crisis in the aged care sector

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Every couple of years, a disturbing report is released into the standards of care for the elderly in this country. At quick count we had the report by Health and Disability Commissioner Ron Paterson to the incoming government in 2008, the Auditor-General’s damning report in 2009 into the auditing of ...

Gordon Campbell on the Budget’s spreadsheet victories

Friday, May 25th, 2012

It wasn’t as if expectations were sky high, exactly. Chances are, it was always more likely that we’d be seeing Bigfoot rampage through the Beehive lock-up than catch a glimpse of a credible growth agenda from this government. Finance Minister Bill English did not disappoint on that score. Ever the ...

Gordon Campbell On Standing Down Shane Jones MP – Again

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

The decision to stand down Labour MP Shane Jones pending the Auditor-General’s inquiry into his 2008 decision – when Jones was associate Immigration Minister – to grant residency to Chinese businessman William Yan is pretty much a model of how these kind of accusations should be handled, and it stands ...

Gordon Campbell on the run-up to Budget Day

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

A week can, in fact, be a short time in politics - and the beginning of Budget week was probably as good a time as any for the Greens to try and tackle head on the government’s credibility as a competent steward of the economy. Nominally, the BERL report released ...

Gordon Campbell on the government’s use of Breakfast TV to announce immigration policy

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Evidently, Breakfast TV is now to be considered an official arm of government. It happened like this: on 10 May, the government formally announced its plans to change the rules about citizens or residents being able to bring their parents to New Zealand. Submissions on the process would close five ...

Gordon Campbell on Paula Rebstock and her new welfare reform platform

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Clearly, the government now thinks the public mood in this recessionary climate is so hostile to beneficiaries that it can afford to indulge its own worst impulses towards them. There are so many outrageous aspects to the appointment of Paula Rebstock and a raft of like-minded business and insurance types ...

Gordon Campbell on the rise in prescription charges

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

It would be nice to think that the basis for yesterday’s decision to raise prescription charges wasn’t just “ We haven’t lifted them for 20 years” and/or that it didn’t sound like much of a price rise if like Health Minister Tony Ryall or Prime Minister John Key, you were ...

Gordon Campbell on banks passing on their own costs of reform

Friday, May 11th, 2012

The global financial system seems to be once again (sort of) in crisis mode. Greece is heading for fresh elections and to (maybe) an eventual exit from the euro, France’s new leader is trying to add some face-saving growth policies to the package of austerity measures co-authored by his predecessor ...