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Archive for December, 2013

Gordon Campbell on year 2014, and not letting it spoil your Christmas

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Click for big version. One of the pitfalls of instant opinionating is the assumption that politicians know what they’re doing and that the job at hand is to unravel the conspiracies that surely behind the daily litany of brazen pandering. Sure, conspiracies do exist and paranoids do have real enemies - ...

Gordon Campbell on the new level of film industry incentives

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

If Treasury ideologues had been around back in the day, we would still be waiting for the private sector to build a road and rail system in New Zealand beyond a few cherry-picked main centres important to commerce. (Treasury’s notion of the proper partnership between government and business doesn’t seem ...

Gordon Campbell on the Rebstock investigation of the MFAT leaks

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Having spent $510,000 of taxpayer money on her investigation into the extent and source of leaks about the controversial Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade “Change” programme, Paula Rebstock and her team of sleuths might be expected to have come up with concrete findings to justify the expense. No such ...

Gordon Campbell on the latest TPP leaks, and our shabby treatment of asylum seekers

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Even before this week’s leaks via Wikileaks about the current state of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks, there were signs the deal was in trouble. As Werewolf has been reporting for months, precious little progress was being made on this deal despite (a) all the money lavished on it, ...

Gordon Campbell on oil drilling permits, and Iris Dement

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Yesterday, the government unveiled the latest round of oil permits. Five of them are located onshore in Taranaki and the East Coast, but five are located offshore, in the Reinga-Northland, Taranaki, and Great South Canterbury Basins. One new entrant in the market is the Norwegian state oil company Statoil. In ...

Gordon Campbell on John Banks, and blogging’s merits

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

It is hard to feel sorry for John Banks. Sorry, I’ll start that again. It would be easy to feel sorry for John Banks in his current sorry plight...unless and until one re-reads the passage in David Fisher’s excellent book The Secret Life of Kim Dotcom about his abandonment of ...

Gordon Campbell on New Zealand’s PISA education rankings

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Perhaps a bit more scepticism about the PISA results could be healthy. Surely, shouldn’t we should feel misgivings about a test that claims to measure the relative competence of reading writing and maths skills by students within the education systems of the countries surveyed, but which ends up with something ...

Gordon Campbell on asset sales, and the Cameron Slater case

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Much of the criticism of the asset sales programme has focussed - quite justifiably - on how it will increase income inequality in this country, with all its social ills. Less evidently, the partial asset sales also doubles down on an earlier exercise in income inequality carried out by the ...