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Archive for June, 2017

Gordon Campbell on Labour’s policy resurgence, and Alex Chilton

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

For much of this year, almost all the diversity in politics has been down at the retail end, where apparent differences reside in the tone, and in details. Up at the wholesale end – in the economic settings that drive the engine of politics - the story has been ...

Gordon Campbell on the EU’s beef with Google

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Column - Gordon Campbell T here’s every indication that Google would be on a losing wicket if it chooses to fight the European Union competition watchdogs, who have just levied a $3.3 billion fine on the firm – with the prospect of worse to come if Google doesn’t quickly ...

Gordon Campbell on the America’s Cup

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

First published on Werewolf With hindsight, the $5 million that then-Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce grudgingly allocated back in 2013 to keep the America’s Cup squad together has proved to be one of the government’s more successful exercises in belt tightening. Buckets of taxpayer money had been thrown at the failed ...

Gordon Campbell on the fallout from the Barclay tape

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

First published on Werewolf Todd Barclay – soft exit or hard exit? Anyone feeling that the watchdog roles of the media and Parliament have seen justice done to the scoundrel behind the taping scandal…well, maybe they should think again. This is hardly a case of cleaning out your desk and being ...

Gordon Campbell on the Todd Barclay cover-up

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Column - Gordon Campbell Gordon Campbell on the Todd Barclay cover-up (and the GCSB's support for Groser)

Gordon Campbell on our refugee intake, and Uber’s woes

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

First published on Werewolf On figures released this week, there are currently 65.6 million people worldwide who have been displaced from their homes by war, famine or other external causes. Faced with this explosion in the global need for sanctuary, New Zealand announced plans last year to increase our intake of ...

Gordon Campbell: The lessons of the London tower block fire

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

First published on Werewolf As details emerge of the deadly fire at Grenfell Towers in north Kensington, it has become clear that the tenants group at the tower block had repeatedly warned the authorities about the fire risk - the record of neglect on fire alarm batteries alone dates back to ...

Gordon Campbell on anti-immigration gambit Labour, & Israel

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

First published on Werewolf Calls for a crackdown on public money being wasted on low quality educational courses? That’s always a perennial topic in any election year. Back in 2005, it was National’s education spokesman – a guy called Bill English – who led the charge against the Clark government ...

Gordon Campbell on the lessons from Corbyn’s campaign

Monday, June 12th, 2017

First published on Werewolf Leaving partisan politics aside - and ignoring Jeremy Corbyn’s sensational election campaign for a moment - it has to be said that Britain is now really up shit creek. The clock is ticking on its Article 50 exit. Triggering article 50 at the end of March before ...

Gordon Campbell on Tillerson’s problems with Trump

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

First published on Werewolf Photo: Mark TanturmYesterday, as US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made his flying five hour visit to New Zealand, Foreign Policy magazine put its finger on why other leaders in the Asia-Pacific region have been left feeling deeply sceptical about the mission of re-assurance by Tillerson and ...