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Archive for September, 2015

Gordon Campbell on the Chris Brown furore

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Thank goodness Dame Tariana Turia has been able to inject a bit of common sense into the Chris Brown visa issue – her argument being that forgiveness has a place in this decision, and there is an opportunity here that should be taken. Namely, that that Brown can and would ...

Gordon Campbell on New Zealand’s TPP done deal on dairy, and on investor-state disputes

Monday, September 28th, 2015

For five years, the public has been denied any meaningful information about the content and progress of the TPP – on the bogus excuse that for the government to do so would jeopardise its ability to conduct the negotiations. Yet in other countries, far more information is publicly available than ...

Gordon Campbell on the Greens bad deal over the flags

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

Click for big version. So thanks to the Greens, the Red Peak design has now been added to the options for the flag referendum in November. Wow. In one fell swoop the Greens’ Gareth Hughes has (a) rescued Prime Minister John Key from his personal flag fiasco (b) got the government ...

Gordon Campbell on Paula Bennett’s gaffe, and Luna in Newtown

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

Local Government Minister Paula Bennett’s statement of support for cutting red tape in the building industry was probably self-certified as being politically OK, but it has blown up in her face. Self-regulation can be like that: its OK until it isn’t. In Bennett’s case, the incident has been a rare ...

Gordon Campbell on Carly Fiorina and the anti-abortion scam

Friday, September 18th, 2015

So Carly Fiorina – hitherto best known as the CEO who drove Hewlett-Packard to the brink of ruin - was the big winner in the second Republican candidates debate yesterday. One of her big debate moments – played unedited and without comment on RNZ this morning – came when she ...

Gordon Campbell on the rise of Malcolm Turnbull

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Well clearly, the loss of Tony Abbott – the country’s official spokesman on Women’s Affairs - has left the women of Australia feeling distraught and directionless. A moment’s silence. On other, less poignant stuff… supposedly, the elevation of Malcolm Turnbull to Aussie PM will tell us a bit about the export ...

Gordon Campbell on Corbyn, Trump and outsider politics

Monday, September 14th, 2015

Jeremy Corbyn elevated to the leadership of Britain’s Labour Party! Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders on the rise in the US… On both sides of the Atlantic, these are dark days for the political Establishment. Career-wise, it must be hard to have spent years buttering up the mandarins of New ...

Gordon Campbell on selecting refugees, Aussie generosity and a cat video

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Now that we know how many Syrian refugees New Zealand will accept, the focus can shift onto how they’ll be selected, and the criteria in play. Some 600 extra Syrian refugees will be welcomed here over the next three years, and 150 more will enter as part of our annual ...

Gordon Campbell on our response to the Syrian refugee crisis

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

The full scale of the New Zealand government response to the Syrian refugee crisis – reportedly, the world’s biggest humanitarian challenge since the post-war formation of the UN – has now been revealed. There is not a lot to be proud of in it. New Zealand will taking in an ...

Gordon Campbell on the lack of leadership on refugees

Friday, September 4th, 2015

Image: Lyndon Hood - Cartoons: Refugees, Flags and What I Stand For John Key still doesn’t get it. At least he’s now talking about raising the UN quota, after – only last Monday - flatly denying that there was any need to do so. Yet even this potential turnaround (the step ...