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Archive for May, 2017

Gordon Campbell on (not) taking responsibility, terrorism porn, and Dylan’s 76th birthday

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

First published on Werewolf So Martin Matthews, our current Auditor-General wishes he could have detected “earlier” the fraud that occurred on his watch at the Ministry of Transport. Hmmm. But he could have detected it earlier, surely? That’s the point. Reportedly, some junior members of his staff had been trying to ...

Gordon Campbell on the Navy’s dealings with Fat Leonard, and Twin Peaks

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

First published on Werewolf At an official level, our “she’ll be right” attitude routinely spills over into a keen resentment of anyone who suggests the outcomes may be less than satisfactory. Oversight at any level of performance is not New Zealand’s strong suit – from our one-chamber Parliament on downwards. The ...

Gordon Campbell on the demonising of Iran

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

First published on Werewolf Will New Zealand still be willing to pursue its recent trade overtures to Iran, now that US President Donald Trump has used his speech in Riyadh to single out Iran as the main source of terrorism and instability in the Middle East? Trump did so only hours ...

Gordon Campbell on Bill English’s bizarre new/old trade deal

Friday, May 19th, 2017

First published on Werewolf So, according to the Prime Minister, we all have an obligation to get in behind his zombie TPP deal, because of all the “jobs and income” it will bring in its wake. Really? That’s hilarious. This new “TPP 11” deal is entirely a pig in ...

Gordon Campbell on housing, exploding lap-tops and Jon Taplin

Friday, May 19th, 2017

First published on Werewolf OK, and since we’re all barrelling towards the Budget and beyond … how useful a thing really is National’s programme of building 34,000 houses, as a solution to the crisis of housing affordability? Answer: not very. The details are here.

Gordon Campbell on dealing with Japan over the TPP

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

First published on Werewolf As PM Bill English flies off to Japan with his business delegation today, his discussions with Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe will focus on how to keep the TPP trade pact alive, now that the United States has bailed. It is much, much easier to see what ...

Gordon Campbell on Alfred Ngaro’s standover tactics

Monday, May 15th, 2017

First published on Werewolf When someone like Alfred Ngaro is being paid circa $350,000 a year (in salary and perks) you’d think he wouldn’t have to learn on the job about the basic moral rules of his role. Evidently not though, so here goes. Mr Ngaro, the money you were threatening ...

Gordon Campbell on our caving in to the Aussies

Friday, May 5th, 2017

First published on Werewolf Much as New Zealand may brood over its links with Australia, they barely acknowledge our existence. On Anzac Day, when Kiwis make so much of our identity-forging mateship on the battlefield, we barely register in the commemorations held across the Tasman. This renders all the ...

Gordon Campbell on the killing of the Fairfax/NZME merger

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

First published on Werewolf So the Commerce Commission has nixed the Fairfax/NZME merger. Why? On the grounds that it would have had unacceptably bad consequences for the public interest in terms of media diversity, and for the quality of democratic debate. How come? Partly because the Commission has decided that none ...

Gordon Campbell on Willie Jackson’s list ranking

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

First published on Werewolf For a brief period yesterday, extreme weather conditions associated with Hurricane Willie (reportedly on course towards Wellington) resulted in an ‘unprecedented’ delay in the release of the Labour list rankings. Batten down the hatches. Willie Jackson had been assigned a position of 21 on the party list ...