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Archive for October, 2015

Gordon Campbell on our role in the deliberate non-defeat of Islamic State

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Unlike the US and (allies like New Zealand) Russia and Iran have a very clear goal for their intervention in Syria. Russia and Iran want the Assad regime to survive and prevail against an Islamic State that they regard as a mere proxy of the Saudi/Israeli/US axis. To that end, ...

Gordon Campbell on the gender pay gap

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

Column - Gordon Campbell Care to know what Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence thinks about the gender wage gap? No? Well, I suppose she is only (a) a successful entertainer and (b) a 25 year old woman, so… what would she know about politics? Whereas men who succeed in business ...

Gordon Campbell on copyright, the Authors Guild case and the TPP

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

A few days ago, Google finally and comprehensively won a very long-running case brought against it by the Authors Guild which had claimed that Google’s Book Project – which operates as a digital library catalogue with a few snippets of content to contextualise and focus the search – amounted to ...

Gordon Campbell on the lessons of the Canada election result for the Labour Party

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

So Canada has delivered a resounding goodbye and good riddance to Stephen Harper and his Conservative government. Yesterday’s ‘landslide’ victory for Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party was the outcome of a campaign that (a) started out as a likely victory for the more left wing NDP party of Tom Mulcair, (b) ...

Gordon Campbell on the government’s refusal to tax sugar drinks and tackle obesity

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

True to form, the government seems more concerned about the financial health of the food industry than the actual physical health of New Zealand children. No real surprise there. The Key government has consistently refused to take meaningful action to protect public health against the marketing of harmful products. In ...

Gordon Campbell on Australia giving us the flick

Monday, October 19th, 2015

Nice bloke, but you wouldn’t want him to run the country. Once again, the failings of John Key on the world stage have been cruelly exposed. Over the weekend, Australia’s new leader Malcolm Turnbull played Key like some steely-eyed Aussie test batsman facing long hops bowled with a tennis ball. ...

Gordon Campbell on Labour-bashing over the TPP and Canada’s election

Friday, October 16th, 2015

Should we be surprised that Labour has ended up as the media’s cheap and easy target over the TPP? Clearly, it would be more risky to attack with similar gusto the government that actually negotiated and signed this deal. Treasonous even, for NBR readers. Lest we forget though… the Key government ...

Gordon Campbell on our apparent inability to stand up to Australia

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

If you fight your bullies, the TV series Freaks and Geeks suggested, it can be painful at the time… but you earn respect and they will tend to leave you alone afterwards. Alas, and only days before the first meeting between our Prime Minister John Key and the new Australian ...

Gordon Campbell on John Key’s trip to Iraq

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has just returned from a quick visit to our troops in Iraq, where he reportedly discovered that (a) Iraq is hellishly hot and dusty (b) our troops are doing a great job and (c) that he personally, certainly made the right call in sending ...

Gordon Campbell on Serco’s emerging role as the government’s favourite corporate crony, and the TPP fallout

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

There’s no success like failure, as Bob Dylan once said, and Serco’s failures mean nothing but trouble on the horizon for ordinary New Zealanders. Unfortunately, its abysmal track record isn’t stopping the relentless intrusion of this particular multinational into the provision of crucial services in this country. Despite their proven ...