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Archive for September, 2013

Gordon Campbell on John Key at the UN, and the Breaking Bad finale

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Prime Minister John Key’s speech to the United Nations was aimed mainly at the audience back home, in a plucky, we’re punching above our weight sense. There’s us on the world stage, telling them what for. The content was unlikely to come as a revelation to the rest of the ...

Gordon Campbell on muzzling the Ruataniwha dam evidence

Friday, September 27th, 2013

In case anyone still questions the value of our public investment in state radio, the revelations about the Ruataniwha dam project - which began with an RNZ report into the suppression of Department of Conservation criticism - should be laying any such doubts to rest. In the wake of RNZ’s ...

Gordon Campbell on the Labour reshuffle

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Like a dog with a bone, the media can’t seem to let a good angle about the Labour team reshuffle die without a fight. It has to be a story of blood and vengeance, whatever the evidence to the contrary. In fact, you could make the exact reverse case - ...

Gordon Campbell on the Nick Smith saga, and the America’s Cup

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Yesterday’s attempts by Conservation Minister Nick Smith to nitpick his way out of the Ruataniwha scandal seem to have reached a stalemate. Smith continues to claim that he can credibly state he was unaware on September 17 of the existence of DOC’s draft submission about the dam effects, even though ...

Gordon Campbell on Nick Smith’s latest steps to undermine river quality

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

The Ruataniwha dam proposed for Hawke’s Bay has been controversial on a number of counts, but the issues involved have just cranked up a whole new level. See if you can square these two positions - both of them to do with a critical Department of Conservation draft submission on ...

Gordon Campbell on the government’s dubious mandate for its asset sales programme

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

The decision to proceed with the share float of Meridian Energy is outrageous enough, given that a referendum on the entire asset sales programme is pending - and the claims by Prime Minister John Key and SOE Ministers Tony Ryall to have a mandate to proceed are looking less convincing ...

Gordon Campbell on David Cunliffe winning the Labour leadership

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Finally, David Cunliffe can begin the task of rebuilding and repositioning the Labour Party that should have occurred at the end of the Helen Clark era in 2008. For the last five years, Labour has slowly chuntered downhill under Phil Goff and David Shearer, on the empty tank and fumes ...

Gordon Campbell on dialling back the anti-Key rhetoric, and the Putin Plan For Syria

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

It goes without saying that Labour supporters don’t like Prime Minister John Key very much. And since it will be Labour Party members, unions and Labour MPs who will decide the leadership contest, it was inevitable that hating on John Key would become a default option, and an easy way ...

Gordon Campbell on the practice of selective morality towards Syria

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

As Prime Minister John Key said at yesterday's post-Cabinet press conference, the briefings on Syria and the exchanges of views New Zealand has been engaged in with its allies has indicated to him that "regime change" (i.e., the toppling of the Assad regime) is not the purpose of the military ...

Gordon Campbell on the Labour leadership race

Friday, September 6th, 2013

In Papal elections, the front-runner is often doomed to disappointment, as the weaker factions combine and wear the main contender down. Not always (e.g. Pius XII) but often enough to create the saying that the favoured candidate goes into the papal conclave as the pope, and comes out as a ...