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Archive for May, 2015

Gordon Campbell on the FIFA scandal , and similar dirty dealings

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Face it, it has been a very, very bad week for anyone who thinks that a) FIFA is a damn fine organisation run by guys who think football is the greatest game, and that they’d just like to do what they can to selflessly advance the sport they love so ...

Gordon Campbell on the Cullen Review of our security service

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Whatever the conflicts and point scoring between them on other issues, National and Labour have always spoken virtually as one on free trade and the role of the security services. Therefore, the recent appointment of former Labour Finance Minister Sir Michael Cullen to head the government’s upcoming review of the ...

Gordon Campbell on Budget 2015

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

From the outset, the slogan for yesterday’s Budget - “The Plan Is Working” – begged to be mocked. There’s actually a plan for the national economy? Who knew? And its been working for whom, exactly? Not for families in poverty, clearly. Supposedly, the social hardship package is ...

Gordon Campbell on the government’s belated moves on property speculation

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Is it a property tax on capital gains or a capital gains tax on property? The Jesuitical distinctions in the government’s spin about its latest moves on property speculators are all about whether the government can claim that it jumped, or confess that it was pushed, into a response. ...

Gordon Campbell on the latest good reason for dumping the monarchy

Friday, May 15th, 2015

The monarchy, the media and the masses is a threesome made in tabloid heaven, and it has seen a lot of action during this past month. The birth of Princess Charlotte, and then Prince Harry’s visit to New Zealand….To a quite embarrassing extent, Royal tours seem to turn the ...

Gordon Campbell on the death knell for the TPP

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

It is unusual for anyone to vote for an early execution, but that’s effectively what President Barack Obama’s friends in the US Senate have just done by bringing forward a procedural vote related to the Trans Pacific Partnership. If all had gone well in Washington this morning, this so-called “cloture” ...

Gordon Campbell on lessons for Labour from the UK election

Monday, May 11th, 2015

If the polls were right – and the pollsters kept telling us how accurate they’d been in 2010, and even Nate Silver was getting the same results - there seemed no way that the British Labour Party could lose last Thursday’s British election. With Labour predicted to win around ...

Gordon Campbell on the token boost to elective surgery

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Political tokenism comes in many shapes and sizes, but the $98 million boost in elective surgery is a cynical example of it. The pre-Budget package breaks down to $48 million for elective orthopaedic surgery over four years – plus the re-announcement of an election campaign pledge to spend a further $50 ...

Gordon Campbell on why Miliband will be the next British PM

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

The Britain that goes to the polls on Thursday looks awfully familiar to anyone from New Zealand. In Britain too, a smooth but vacuous technocrat (David Cameron) leads a government whose prime policy allegiance seems to be to its financial services and banking elites. In Britain as here, the PM ...