Scoop Election 08: edited by Gordon Campbell

Archive for July, 2013

Gordon Campbell on the Manning conviction, and Dotcom’s latest round

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

So, in a US kangaroo court, the sole presiding judge has found Bradley Manning guilty of espionage, theft and fraud under the US Espionage Act of 1917. So much for the whistle blower defence, and for Manning’s claim that his actions were intended – and resulted – in the American ...

Gordon Campbell on the Defence Force’s paranoia about journalism

Monday, July 29th, 2013

If the thousands of people who marched on the weekend against the GCSB Bill wanted further justification for their concerns, the Defence Force has just provided it with bells on. The mindset that treats journalists as being threats to security on a par with foreign hostiles, activist groups, criminal hackers ...

Gordon Campbell on why the great filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki has bought a fight with Japan’s new Prime Minister

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Everyone likes the new-ish Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right? Why, his so called “Abe-nomics” promises to deliver Japan from two decades of economic malaise, by embracing the supply side prescriptions endorsed by right thinking folks within Washington and along the corridors of the Economist magazine. The “three arrows" of ...

Gordon Campbell on the GCSB Bill protests, and the outpouring of Royal Baby Love

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Tomorrow, the parliamentary committee that heard submissions on the GCSB Bill will report back. Few will be expecting significant changes to this egregious betrayal of our civil rights and national sovereignty. The politicians have made a hash of our privacy rights and endorsed a system that treats all of us ...

Gordon Campbell on Peter Dunne’s illusory gains on the GCSB Bill

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

In a week that will see nationwide protests against the GCSB, the politics of the passage of the agency’s governing legislation remain as polarized as ever. Now that Peter Dunne has re-assumed his usual posture as the government’s reliable footstool, this has given Prime Minister John Key the one vote ...

Gordon Campbell on the latest risk to national sovereignty posed by free trade deals

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Remember the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal, and those scary stories last year about how it would give foreign multinationals the right to sue the countries who sign up to it, if said corporates happen to feel disadvantaged by any laws or regulations that governments might pass, or if these ...

Gordon Campbell on what’s gone wrong with the SIS, and with Auckland transport

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

At what point did the SIS lose the technological ability to fulfil its statutory duty, which is to detect and to counter threats to our domestic security? Surely, out of its annual budget, the SIS should have been setting aside the funds required to update its surveillance technology – rather ...

Gordon Campbell on today’s ‘conscience’ vote on the SkyCity deal

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Gambling, for all the social evils that it can bring in its wake, is a legal activity enjoyed by many. And during night’s debate in Parliament on Te Ururoa Flavell’s Gambling Amendment Bill (a Bill that has been gutted at select committee of all its original good intentions) showed some ...

Gordon Campbell on asset sales contortions, the GCSB Bill and Jay Z

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Hope you’ve got it straight now. Treasury said $100 million from the Mighty River Power sales proceeds had been earmarked to prop up Solid Energy’s “recovery facilities” – although John Key said it hadn’t been, and that Labour’s Clayton Cosgrove was just making that up until on second thoughts, Key ...

Gordon Campbell on John Key’s proud claim to being the village idiot

Friday, July 5th, 2013

Clearly we – and that includes Kim Dotcom - have been giving Prime Minister John Key too much credit. Everyone assumed that a smart guy like Key would know his stuff, and would be in touch with what’s going on. Not the case, Mr Key is insisting. Key continues to ...