Scoop Election 08: edited by Gordon Campbell


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Archive for August, 2017

Gordon Campbell on the funding crisis in the health system

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

First published on Werewolf Much as Health Minister Jonathan Coleman may like to muddy the water, the crisis in our public health system is hardly the fault of the managers of the nation’s 20 District Health Boards. This crisis has been brought about by systematic under-funding by central government, not by ...

Gordon Campbell on Winston Peters and MSD

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

First published on Werewolf Relatively speaking, it is far more common for people to be underpaid by MSD thanks to bureaucratic error, or through being ill -informed by MSD about their true entitlements. The relatively low take-up rates for some targeted benefits is a genuine scandal. The current Winston Peters overpayment ...

Gordon Campbell on the Greens’ ongoing problems

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

First published on Werewolf Hard to treat the Greens’ belated decision to stand a candidate in Ohariu as being anything other than a desperation move, by a party whose own leadership is evidently concerned about its chances of survival. Green candidates are not expected to win electoral races; they’re there solely ...

Gordon Campbell on DHB deficits and free trade

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

First published on Werewolf Currently the world is looking on aghast at the Trump administration’s plans to slash Obamacare, mainly in order to finance massive tax changes that will deliver most of their gains to the wealthy. Lives will be lost in the trade-off. Millions of Americans stand to lose access ...

Gordon Campbell on the life and times of Peter Dunne

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

First published on Werewolf In the end, Mr Pragmatic calmly read the signs of impending defeat and went out on his own terms. You could use any number of clichés to describe Peter Dunne’s exit from Parliament. The unkind might talk of sinking ships, others could be more reminded of a ...

Gordon Campbell on Labour’s campaign launch

Monday, August 21st, 2017

Forst published on Werewolf Back in the days of street protests against the Vietnam War, the mainstream media could usually be relied on to systematically undercount the numbers taking part. So, with that prospect in mind, what were the crowd estimates for yesterday’s Labour Party election campaign launch by Jacinda ...

Gordon Campbell on why Labour isn’t responsible for Barnaby Joyce

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

First published on Werewolf As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! - our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself ...

Gordon Campbell on North Korea, neo-Nazism, and Milo

Monday, August 14th, 2017

First published on Werewolf With a bit of luck the planet won't be devastated by nuclear war in the next few days. US President Donald Trump will have begun to fixate on some other way to gratify his self-esteem – maybe by invading Venezuela or starting a war with Iran. As ...

Gordon Campbell on the Turei finale

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

First published on Werewolf So the political career of Metiria Turei is, in effect, now over. It goes to show the double standard in politics is alive and well. Which one, you may ask - the one where a different standard of behaviour is applied to politicians on the centre-left as ...

Gordon Campbell on the nation’s moral tizzy on Metiria Turei

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

First published on Werewolf Ever since George Washington confessed to chopping down the cherry tree, his example has been taken to heart by every politician following in his wake. Thankfully we live in a country where politicians do not lie, or try to deceive the public, and are routinely drummed from ...