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Archive for May, 2014

Gordon Campbell on New Zealand First’s loyalty pledge

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Like King Lear, Winston Peters and his courtiers in New Zealand First have chosen to demand a self-defeating expression of loyalty from prospective NZF candidates. In future, those selected to run for Parliament under the NZF banner will need to sign what the party intends to be a legally enforceable ...

Gordon Campbell on the synthetic drugs ban

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Now that synthetic cannabis is no longer legal, we can look back at our history with these products and see it as driven by New Zealand’s inability to implement a sensible drugs policy, overall. The legal highs industry was supposed to provide an acceptable alternative to cannabis use - yet ...

Gordon Campbell on Judith Collins’ rest and recuperation leave

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

So Justice Minister Judith Collins is going to have four or five days off work from her $268,000 a year (plus perks) job; apparently, she feels in need of a breather from the stress of the self-inflicted problems arising from the Oravida scandal. Presumably, Collins won’t be required to furnish ...

Gordon Campbell on Maurice Williamson’s brand of after-sales service

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Poor, poor Maurice Williamson. Why is everybody picking on him for simply doing his job....which appears to include ensuring that special treatment is afforded to major donors to the National Party. With that noble aim in mind, Williamson rang up the Police in January to remind them that the person ...

Gordon Campbell on RIP for the TPP, and Lorde whingeing about journalism

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

So after all the years of talk about “momentum” and claims that “significant progress” was being made - dutifully reported by the mainstream media - a conclusion to the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal seems as far as away as ever. If the TPP was going to be finalised this ...