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Archive for November, 2013

Gordon Campbell on the new Pope’s criticisms of free market economics

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Everyone likes the new Pope, right? Seems a nice guy, a humble man of the people, has a good sense of humour etc etc. A big change in style (at least) from the frosty German who preceded him, however similar their views may still be on abortion and women priests. ...

Gordon Campbell on New Zealand’s obligations towards the victims of climate change

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

When the UN Refugee Convention was passed in 1951, climate change was unimaginable. In those days and in the shadow of WWII, the focus was on establishing the obligations that UN member countries have to protect people fleeing from systematic violations of their right to life, shelter etc that had ...

Gordon Campbell on MPs’ pay hikes, and the JFK conspiracy theories

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

The charade of bogus “independence" by the Remuneration Authority has produced the latest round of backdated Christmas bonuses for MPs, Cabinet Ministers and the Prime Minister, whose salary will rise from $419,300 to $428,500. The salary of Deputy PM Bill English, will increase from $297,400 to $303,900; the pay of ...

Gordon Campbell on the latest failure of regulatory oversight of Anadarko

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

The controversial Texas oil company Anadarko are due to commence exploration drilling off the coast of Raglan this week. Now, you would think that any public concerns about its activities - say for example, over the adequacy of the company’s response plans in the unlikely event of a blowout - ...

Gordon Campbell on the “mandate” for the Air New Zealand selldown

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

The last time Air New Zealand got into serious trouble was through its investment in Ansett Australia during the late 1990s - an investment touted by one Air New Zealand executive at the time as offering “a unique opportunity to substantially enhance Air New Zealand's strategic value." Yet as business ...

Gordon Campbell on the preventable deaths, injuries and ACC costs from quad bike use

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Another coronial inquiry into a series of deaths from quad bikes, another call for better safety protection measures to be put in place: The coroner’s recommendations included: • dropping of the term "all-terrain vehicle'' and using quad bikes to refer to the vehicle • endorsing the message from industry leaders that helmets should be mandatory • ongoing ...

Gordon Campbell on Ted Thomas and the Lombard case

Friday, November 8th, 2013

It will not be until December, when the article on the Lombard case by retired judge Ted Thomas is finally published, that anyone one can assess whether Thomas is correct to conclude that the convictions of Sir Douglas Graham, Bill Jeffries and the other Lombard directors have been a serious ...

Gordon Campbell on why we need a Kiwi-owned insurance company, and the TPP

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Is there any New Zealander who doesn’t like Kiwibank? From the outset, Kiwibank has introduced fresh competition into banking in this country, and - although still a small player - its presence in the market has been one of the few brakes on the bank charges and lending terms being ...

Gordon Campbell on the Labour Party annual conference

Monday, November 4th, 2013

It seems to be a basic law of political thermodynamics that centre left parties can only ‘lurch’ or ‘swing’ when they begin to sound more assertive. This lateral motion always takes them further leftwards, allegedly in response to the primal, atavistic demands of left-wing ideology, and at the prompting of ...