Scoop Election 08: edited by Gordon Campbell

Archive for August, 2013

Gordon Campbell on the Police refusal to prosecute the GCSB

Friday, August 30th, 2013

The last gift from David Shearer to the National Party was his resignation, which has happily diverted the media into weeks of speculation about his successor. In the process, this has taken the heat off Prime Minister John Key over the GCSB. Yesterday though, the rogue behaviour of the GCSB ...

On the risks of intervention in Syria

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

As Barack Obama considers the US-led response to the gas attack in Syria, the nuances of that response are getting more, not less difficult. How do you concoct a response - an air strike - that will significantly hurt the Assad regime, but without tipping the military balance towards the ...

Gordon Campbell on Labour’s alleged divisions and newfound sense of unity

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

When you’re languishing in Opposition, the divisions in caucus are evident, the ideological nerve ends all too nakedly exposed. Everyone in the lifeboat has different ideas about the personalities and policies required to win their way back to power. Go back ten years or so, and National was in such ...

On Shearer’s exit, and where Labour goes from here

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Some political animals would have grasped for survival at the results of the latest Roy Morgan poll, which showed National losing ground and with the Labour/Greens combined vote exceeding the centre right – such that if an election was held on its basis, David Shearer would be Prime Minister. But it ...

Gordon Campbell on the latest asset sales handout, and some really bad news from Afghanistan

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

New Zealand has already spent $30 million as a gift to Rio Tinto over the Tiwau Point aluminium smelter – essentially, to buy the government the breathing space it needed to offload the partial privatization of Meridian Energy, for the benefit of a tiny minority of New Zealanders. No matter ...

Gordon Campbell on the final round for the GCSB Bill

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Having tried and failed to sell the GCSB Bill by invoking the bogeyman of terrorism – “PM Justifies Spy Bill : Kiwis trained by al Qaeda" – the government has resorted to its ace card whenever it gets in real trouble, and invoked the PM’s personal charm and credibility. Trust ...

Gordon Campbell on Egypt, the F-35 and Nanny National

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Yesterday, this column compared events in Egypt to the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989 and – spookily – there is now an image to drive that comparison home. This picture of an Egyptian woman facing up to an armoured bulldozer is very much in the spirit of the famous encounter ...

Gordon Campbell on the latest events in Egypt

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

The bloody events in Egypt have a familiar ring. The “clearing” of long term encampments convened as a passive protest in defence of democracy. The brutal application of military force. An unknown number of deaths, with the most credible estimates in the low hundreds at least. Praise by the authorities ...

Gordon Campbell on putting profit potential ahead of human potential

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Does New Zealand – despite our claims to egalitarianism and everyone being equal before the law – treat the people engaged in tax evasion more leniently than the people who commit welfare fraud? Yes, we do. (Why we do is the real issue.) Earlier research by Victoria University associate professor ...

Gordon Campbell on the smelter deal, Fonterra and Iran

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Well, it does seem that about $30 million is the kind of pocket money that the government has readily at hand to throw at foreign corporates - at Warners over The Hobbit, and now at Rio Tinto over the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter. One would love to know how the ...