Scoop Election 08: edited by Gordon Campbell

Archive for August, 2012

Gordon Campbell on last night’s same sex marriage debate

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Once again, when Parliament went into conscience vote mode last night on a contentious issue, the quality of debate markedly improved - as MPs briefly managed to escape from their usual role of being fodder for pre-set party positions. At times, there was even genuine tension about the unpredictability of ...

Gordon Campbell on this week’s arm-wrestling over water rights

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

When it comes to the Waitangi Tribunal ruling on water rights, Prime Minister John Key appears to be balancing midstream on two different logs that threaten to move further apart over the next few days. While Key is being careful to say all the obligatory things about the Waitangi Tribunal ...

Gordon Campbell on inequality, and God’s dislike for Republicans

Friday, August 24th, 2012

Inequality is becoming ingrained in the culture. One of the more interesting ads on television is the long running one where a trio of All Blacks is greeted effusively in a hotel foyer by a prize-winning fan. The All Blacks are depicted as godlike beings, who treat their lovestruck admirer ...

Gordon Campbell on how lobbying works

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Remember when the Law Commission was worried that young women were the prime targets of alcohol industry RTD alcopop advertising and promotion? Remember when the media was full of shocked (shocked!!!) stories about excessive alcohol consumption by young women? Remember when the long-departed Justice Minister Simon Power had a bill ...

Gordon Campbell on what comes next in Afghanistan

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Under its current operating rules, the New Zealand forces in Bamiyan have already been given authority by Cabinet to cross over into neighbouring regions such as Baghlan - the province from which the attackers responsible for the recent deaths among New Zealand troops are believed to have originated. In the ...

Gordon Campbell on the latest New Zealand deaths in Afghanistan

Monday, August 20th, 2012

The killing of three more New Zealand members of our Provincial Reconstruction Team by a roadside bomb in northern Bamiyan would seem to indicate that (a) their vehicles are not armoured adequately to protect them against the level of IEDs now being deployed by the Taliban and (b) that the ...

Gordon Campbell on the Julian Assange extradition battle

Friday, August 17th, 2012

As in so many international disputes, the key to the resolution of the Julian Assange asylum case is the United States. If the White House, via US Attorney-General Eric Holder, would issue a diplomatic assurance that the US would not be seeking the extradition of Assange from Sweden, then the ...

Gordon Campbell on Paula Bennett’s problems with privacy, and our deference to Big Tobacco

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

You don’t really have to be a theologian to know that if you’re truly sorry for doing something, repentance includes a commitment not to do it again. Social Development Minister Paula Bennett clearly has a problem with the second part. On the one hand she apologises in a letter to ...

Gordon Campbell on the MMP review, and Paul Ryan for Veep

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

As expected, the MMP review proposal paper has come up with a trade-off between the two main voting thresholds. It suggests scrapping the one electorate seat provision that enables small parties to bring others into Parliament in line with their vote nationwide, and also favours reducing the party vote threshold ...

Gordon Campbell on the future funding of Olympics sport

Monday, August 13th, 2012

So the Olympics has come and gone amid the usual “These were the best Games ever” accolades that seem the automatic verdict issued every four years, with Atlanta in 1996 being the exception that proves the rule. How did New Zealand do? For the record, New Zealand reportedly came in ...