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Archive for December, 2016

Gordon Campbell on the UN resolution on Palestine

Friday, December 30th, 2016

Our foreign policy is trade, as Robert Muldoon observed back in 1980 – give or take the accidents of history that may have created a few allegiances for us along the way. For any small trading nation, trading opportunities need to be at the forefront of its diplomatic planning ...

Gordon Campbell on the best albums of 2016

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

First published on Werewolf OK, I’m not even going to try and rationalise this surrender to a ‘best of’ listicle. Still…maybe there is an argument for making some semblance of narrative order out of a year that brought us Trump, Brexit and the deaths of Prince, David Bowie, Leonard Cohen ...

Gordon Campbell on the politics of boredom

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

First published on Werewolf Photo: Lania PantaleoAs yet the nation still doesn’t know what to make of its new leadership team. Last weekend’s Cabinet shuffle of the same old names around a few different chairs didn’t tell us much. Given the chance to innovate, Bill English chose instead to leave the ...

Gordon Campbell on the Fairfax/NZME merger

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

First published on Werewolf Not that Mark Zuckerberg probably thinks about us all that much, but Facebook is having a profound impact on the survival strategies of every media company in New Zealand, big or small. Basically, Facebook, Google etc continue to soak up the lion’s share of the advertising dollars ...

Gordon Campbell on the new team’s potential Cabinet picks

Monday, December 12th, 2016

First published on Werewolf Things will be just the same, but really, really different! Its so exciting! Bill English is from the South and I’m from the North! How great a team is that? And can I tell you again how awesomely talented all my colleagues are? Yikes. I have a ...

Gordon Campbell on the National leadership “contest”

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

So…. we’re 72 hours into this journey into deep space after dropping the rocket that took us out of earth orbit (adieu, John Key) and we’re taking stock of who’s on the flight deck, and whether any warps in the space/time continuum (like Jonathan Coleman’s ghost of a candidacy) ...

Gordon Campbell on the Key resignation

Monday, December 5th, 2016

First published on Werewolf The resignation of John Key is one thing. The way that Key and his deputy Bill English have screwed the scrum on the leadership succession vote (due on December 12) is something else again. It remains to be seen whether the party caucus – ie, the ambitious ...

Gordon Campbell on India’s huge socio-economic experiment

Monday, December 5th, 2016

First published on Werewolf Without much coverage at all in the West, India has just been engaged for the past few weeks in one of the world’s biggest socio-economic experiments since the Cultural Revolution in China. With only four hours warning on November 8, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi cancelled the ...

Gordon Campbell on Anne Tolley’s callous folly

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

First published on Werewolf Years ago, I remember someone in the Heath Ministry telling me off the record that regulatory oversight in this country largely consisted in ‘waiting for something to turn green or fall off somebody’ before the authorities would swing into action. Prevention is often deemed as being too ...