Scoop Election 08: edited by Gordon Campbell

Archive for July, 2012

Gordon Campbell on the National Party’s reversion to type on gender issues

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Surprisingly to some, Labour women’s affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney is showing a genuine ability to get up the nose of the government, as she goes about wiping the floor with Women’s Affairs Minister Jo Goodhew. This began long before National’s collective meltdown in the House on Tuesday over Moroney’s paid ...

Gordon Campbell on how conservative US politicians are demonstrating how we should respond to the TPP

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

It isn’t often that we see how the United States feels when it sees itself on the receiving end of a secretive international treaty process – you know, one akin to the Trans Pacific Partnership process that alarms many New Zealanders. Yet only a few days ago, we had front ...

Gordon Campbell on the media’s sales job on asset sales

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Well, what an exciting weekend it must have been for the nation’s media. After a 2012 full, thus far, of gaffes, resignations, dodgy dealings at ACC and widely unpopular policies from the government, our press elite went into the National Party conference on the weekend and emerged with a shiny ...

Gordon Campbell on the death of Alexander Cockburn

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Alexander Cockburn would probably be amused and annoyed that his death in Germany at the weekend will attract a mere fraction of the accolades heaped on his one-time colleague Christopher Hitchens six months ago. But then, amused outrage was Cockburn's signature style – as he said in this recent interview, ...

Gordon Campbell on KiwiRail’s outsourcing bungle with the Chinese

Friday, July 20th, 2012

So the brake pads on every single one of the 500 freight wagons delivered to KiwiRail by its favoured Chinese supplier have had to be replaced. When fully loaded, they evidently couldn’t stop in a safe period of time. Wow. What was in the contracts that the Chinese manufacturers couldn’t ...

Gordon Campbell on ACC’s (and Women’s Affairs’) disinterest in violence against women

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

It seems a simple enough concept; counselling is meant to help victims to recover from their experience. The conditions for getting access to counselling are not supposed to leave the claimant feeling so re-traumatised that they give up and go without the counselling they need – or pay for it ...

Gordon Campbell on the $200 million bill for roading consultants

Monday, July 16th, 2012

In this time of fiscal austerity, some people are being asked to be more austere than others. Thus, the news on RNZ this morning that transport consultants have been paid over $200 million since 2009 for investigation and design work on five of New Zealand’s seven roads “of national significance.” ...

Gordon Campbell on how Tariana Turia is facing a Katie Holmes moment

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

The Maori Party’s relationship with National is looking more and more like that of a battered spouse, a pitiable creature who will swallow any indignity in return for the few crumbs of what the relationships once promised to offer. Of course, the Maori Party will say that it's staying in ...

Gordon Campbell on the job losses at KiwiRail

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

So KiwiRail is about to cut up to 220 jobs by October, and SOE Minister Tony Ryall has refused to front up to explain what is going on here. After declining an interview request from RNZ this morning, Ryall’s office issued a limp one line statement, which reads in full: ...

Gordon Campbell on private sector delivery as an inter-generational scam

Friday, July 6th, 2012

Public private partnerships (PPPs) are still being envisaged by the Key government’s as its favoured method for financing new schools, motorways etc, but the experience in Britain with such schemes continues to be really disturbing. Over there, they call them PFIs ( or public finance initiatives) and the Guardian newspaper ...