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Archive for April, 2013

Gordon Campbell on yesterday’s Anzac Day celebrations

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Yesterday’s Anzac Day saw the usual strong turnout at dawn ceremonies, to mark an occasion that is already displacing Waitangi Day – if we can believe the newspaper polls – as the de facto day on which we celebrate our national identity. If that is the case now, how much ...

Gordon Campbell on lurching towards the centre on power prices

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Anyone looking for legacy traces of the late Margaret Thatcher in New Zealand politics will have found them in the government’s scare tactics – “a lurch to the left” – being used to denigrate the Labour/Green plan to crack down on energy price profiteering. What about the government’s own prior ...

Gordon Campbell on the Labour/Greens plan to cut power bills

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

As sure as night follows day, you could bet some financial analyst would see the death of the free market in the plans unveiled last week by Labour and the Greens to put an end to price gouging within our electricity system. Take a bow, Craig Stent of Harbour Asset ...

Gordon Campbell on the same-sex marriage vote, and the current Dotcom law case

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Since politics is so often about the perpetuation of privilege, we should all celebrate the times when Parliament gets something right. The passage of Louisa Wall’s same sex marriage Bill last night was one such occasion. It is a victory in practical terms for those now able to marry, and ...

Gordon Campbell on the GCSB’s practice of spying on New Zealanders

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

It is hard to decide what is the most alarming aspect of Prime Minister John Key’s plans to expand the role of Big Brother. Or, as Key describes it, his "proposals to significantly strengthen the oversight regime across the intelligence community." Is it the fact that the GCSB has apparently ...

On Criminalising Protest, and Christchurch Cathedral Options

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

The Tauranga MP Simon Bridges – he’s also the Labour Minister and the Minister of Energy and Resources - is carving out quite a niche for himself, on the gratuitously petty side of Tory politics. First, we had his brushing aside of official advice to raise the minimum wage ...

Gordon Campbell on John Key’s gaffe about North Korea

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Just how Prime Minister John Key thought that invoking the “proud history” of our 1950s Korean War contribution would help to minimize the current tensions on the Korean peninsula is anyone’s guess. If nothing else, such utterances would confirm the worst fears of the paranoid clique in North Korea that ...

Gordon Campbell on Ian Fletcher, Jon Stewart and the new avian flu

Friday, April 5th, 2013

At this point, the Ian Fletcher affair risks getting lost in the‘angels on pinheads’ detail that fascinates the Beltway, and bores the pants off everyone else. What remains clear is that Prime Minister John Key intervened and changed the selection process for a spymaster’s job that – for very good ...

Gordon Campbell on the GCSB appointment, and bird flu scares in Beijing

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

In our political system, which has few checks and balances – a single chamber Parliament, no written Constitution, a weak Bill of Rights etc – a lot has to be taken on trust. For instance: there is a lack of any genuine oversight mechanisms on how the SIS and the ...

Gordon Campbell on the smelter fiasco, and its impact on the asset sales programme

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Mum and Dad investors were supposed to be plain ordinary folks that the government was rewarding with the option of buying ..er, of re-buying a stake in the energy companies they already own. Not any more. Clearly, those ordinary Mums and Dads will now need the investment savvy of Warren ...