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Archive for May, 2013

Gordon Campbell on racism, and the Nisbet cartoons

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Interesting how quickly the debate on Al Nisbet’s cartoons has shifted from the actual content – and the implications if, as claimed, Nisbet has said aloud what many other New Zealanders privately think – to the far more comfortable grounds of free speech. Yet once we have stoutly defended ...

Gordon Campbell on the readiness to do social experiments on the education of children

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

The school closures in Christchurch really are a perfect storm – the most stressed community in New Zealand is being led by the most accident prone Minister in the Key government, into a social experiment on its youngest and most vulnerable, in the least available time. Nothing could possibly go ...

Gordon Campbell on the government’s latest bout of hippie punching

Monday, May 27th, 2013

On the weekend at one of those gatherings of the National party faithful that seem to occur every other week – as a party the Nats sure do know how to party – Prime Minister John Key unmasked the arch fiend who threatens the New Zealand that we know and ...

Gordon Campbell on failures of care for those with mental disabilities, and Murray McCully‘s latest gaffes

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Hard to imagine a more disturbing insight into the treatment of the vulnerable than the Health Ministry report on Te Roopu Taurima o Manukau. The Ministry has found that the country's only kaupapa Maori intellectual disability residential care provider has been “seriously dysfunctional.” Reportedly, the organization has about 300 people ...

Gordon Campbell on the government’s trampling on the rights of family carers

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Don’t want to be unduly alarmist about this, but we seem to have an outlaw government on our hands – if by that we mean a government willing to suspend the ability of citizens to seek the courts’ protection if and when the government violates freedoms set out in our ...

Gordon Campbell on the 2013 Budget

Friday, May 17th, 2013

The Budget lockup retains a symbolic value these days, but little more than that. This is the government’s best annual opportunity to bury its usual screw-ups and regale the public with power-pointed examples of its vision, shrewd thrift and judicious generosity. This is the day when the official pageant of ...

Gordon Campbell on stonewalling about the GCSB, and MMP

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

This week has seen two examples of turkeys refusing to vote for an early Christmas – while busily denying the evident self interest involved. First, the GCSB is refusing to identify the 88 people it has illegally spied upon – as revealed in the Kitteridge report - and is donning ...

Gordon Campbell on university essays for hire, and Allie Brosh’s take on depression

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Unfortunately, the buying and selling of ghost-written university essays has been part of academic culture for decades. In the mid 1980s for instance, to cite just one of many examples… the late, revered novelist David Foster Wallace used to earn a living by writing term papers for hire. “It was ...

Gordon Campbell on the debt of gratitude that National owes to Aaron Gilmore

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Comes the time, comes the man. Aaron Gilmore has become the poster child for everything that is loathsome about politicians and the political process. However, it might be time for a sense of proportion to creep into the Gilmore saga. It would be nice to think Gilmore had established a ...

Gordon Campbell on the Mighty River Power debacle

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Abuse directed at anyone opposed to what you’re wanting to do. Repeated mis-representations of what you said, and did. Not to mention the flat denials that there is a problem, when the evidence happens to contradict your version of events. No, I’m not talking about Aaron Gilmore….but about Bill English, ...