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Archive for December, 2012

Gordon Campbell on pay hikes for MPs, and year’s end

Friday, December 21st, 2012

At Christmas time, the thoughts of the Remuneration Authority are evidently not with the Child in the manger kind of stuff, but with the somewhat colder Biblical message of Mark 4.25: “To those that have shall more be given, and to those who have not, what little they have shall ...

Gordon Campbell on the petrol price hike

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

One can only imagine the outcry if a centre left government could manage to meet its goals as economic managers – in this case, to get the country back in surplus by 2014/2015 – only by suddenly raising the petrol tax and by keeping ACC levies at a punitive level ...

Gordon Campbell on the fallout from the Bain compensation row

Friday, December 14th, 2012

In essence, everyone in New Zealand falls into one of three camps on David Bain, and whether or not he should be paid compensation: (a) Those who believe him guilty of murdering his family and think he should not be paid any compensation (b) Those who think he is probably guilty but because the ...

Gordon Campbell on Judith Collins’ handling of the Bain compensation report

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Presumably, we are only days away (at most) from learning the contents of the report on the David Bain compensation case prepared by the distinguished retired Canadian judge, Ian Binnie. [Update: The report is expect to be released today.] Whatever the Binnie report says, nothing in it will change the ...

Gordon Campbell on New Zealand’s embarrassing TPP overtures to the Americans

Monday, December 10th, 2012

New Zealand has been hosting the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks in Auckland for the past week, but you’d have to say things haven’t worked out quite as well as some had hoped. In fact, it has been a bit sad to watch, up close. This country put on its ...

Gordon Campbell on Tim Groser’s ‘political projectile vomiting’ about the TPPA

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Remember how the Key government has justified being so very, very secretive about the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) because goodness me, you don’t negotiate these things in public? Well, guess who has just been negotiating the TPP in public? Trade Minister Tim Groser, that’s who. In an interview published yesterday ...

Gordon Campbell and a Canadian analysis of the TPP

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

As the latest nine day round of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations begins in Auckland today, Canada will be a full-blown participant for the first time. For a fresh perspective, here is a comprehensive paper on the TPP published late last week by Canadian trade specialist Peter Clark, of ...