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Archive for July, 2017

Gordon Campbell on Labour’s love, lost

Monday, July 31st, 2017

First published on Werewolf Probably, the latest Colmar Brunton poll results must have felt like this for Andrew Little. Labour is down at a circa 25% level of support in the polls, eight weeks out from the election. To realistically hope to form a government, Labour needs to be punching around ...

Gordon Campbell on Act, the centre-right’s perennial ugly duckling

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

First published on Werewolf National has just endorsed Act leader David Seymour in Epsom, it being that time on the electoral calendar for the ceremonial anointing to take place once again. Act endures, despite its thoroughly fossilized views: it is the only lighthouse still shining the beams of 1980s market fundamentalism ...

Gordon Campbell on the real truth deficit in welfare

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

First published on Werewolf It has been astonishing to see the amount of time and energy being spent on what Greens co-leader Metiria Turei did or didn’t do properly as a beneficiary back in the early 1990s - as compared to how little time and energy is being put into the ...

Gordon Campbell on the Bojo visit

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Column - Gordon CFirst published on Werewolf British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson is in town today, just over a year since his political career peaked… and then wobbled off into a grey zone of indecision. Yes, Johnson did front successfully for Brexit and he did help to rid British politics of ...

Gordon Campbell on why Trump is a good thing

Monday, July 24th, 2017

First published on Werewolf At this point, its worth noting there’s one good reason for being grateful that Donald Trump is in the White House – and the appointment of Anthony Scaramucci as the White House Communications Director is a good reminder of just what that reason is. As candidate and ...

Gordon Campbell on the ch-ch-changes at IRD

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

First published on Werewolf New Zealand may pride itself on being relatively free of political corruption, but the corruption of our political language has built up a fine head of steam. On any number of issues we’re now supposedly engaged in a ‘conversation’ about policy options, even if that ‘conversation’ mostly ...

Gordon Campbell on the Greens’ room for political pragmatism

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

First published on Werewolf Try and guess which party I’m talking about. They’ve led the way in promoting women to leadership positions, and in allowing their MPs to vote according to their conscience. They’ve never won much in the way of electorate seats, but one of their main pitches to voters ...

Gordon Campbell on humane welfare, child support and tax

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

First published on Werewolf It made for an unusual Venn diagram, but Greens co-leader Metiria Turei and Finance Minister Steven Joyce were briefly sharing some common elements this week in the set that says – hey, don’t use the powers of the state in ways guaranteed to make the system you’re ...

Gordon Campbell on National v Labour family support packages

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

First published on Werewolf Too bad that poverty can bring out the worst in people. Especially at times, among politicians well-fed, well-housed and amply rewarded by the same state that they’re prone to decry when it offers assistance to individuals and families who are less comfortably situated. Unfortunately, some of the ...

Gordon Campbell on Winston Peters sitting pretty

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

First published on Werewolf Ah, Winston Peters… ’tis winter, but he could hardly be feeling more contented. Traditionally Peters and his party are good finishers in election campaigns and yet this year they’re already enjoying a strong 11% showing in this week’s ONE News Colmar Brunton poll and blimey, they seem ...