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Archive for September, 2017

Which way will New Zealand First jump?

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

First published on Werewolf How relevant will Peters treat his own party policy to his final decision? by Gordon Campbell In the election aftermath, where is New Zealand First headed? Subliminally, it would like to go centre-left. How do I know this? Well, when you click on the New Zealand First policies the ...

Gordon Campbell on the election result, and likely road ahead

Monday, September 25th, 2017

A government led by Bill English and Winston Peters would be a more conservative one – particularly on social issues – than any we experienced during the Key years. If, say, Peters’ oft repeated call for a referendum on the Maori seats becomes a condition of coalition formation, there would ...

Gordon Campbell on National’s Mickey Mouse policies on trade

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Supposedly, trade is war by other means, and the rationale for it seems just as empty-headed. Once again, the free trade = good mantra was taken as a patriotic given in this morning’s RNZ interview with Trade Minister Todd McClay. Apparently, the European Union – our third biggest export zone ...

Gordon Campbell on the politics of fear and neglect

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

First published on Werewolf In years to come this will be seen as a watershed election for New Zealand. Is the country able to embrace change and elect a government willing to tackle the serious problems we face in health, housing, education and income inequality - or will it allow itself ...

Gordon Campbell on the likely path of Hurricane Jacinda

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

First published on Werewolf So far, Labour’s tax plans have been treated like an incoming hurricane in the Caribbean – how big will it be, what path it take through the economy, how much damage will it do? Are these going to be gi-normous Category Five taxes that flatten everything ...

Gordon Campbell on National’s fake news onslaught

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

First published on Werewolf Can National succeed in lying its way into a fourth term of office? Given its entirely fictitious claims of a $11.7 billion hole in Labour’s alternative budget, it won’t be for lack of trying. In fact, National can win this election only if it can scare the ...

Gordon Campbell on the US public’s attitude to nuclear war

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

First published on Werewolf Worried about North Korea? Feeling concerned that nuclear war could break out any day now, either intentionally or by accident caused by mutual misunderstandings? Luckily, and despite the heated rhetoric, both sides are continuing to frame their threats in defensive terms – vowing bloodcurdling responses, but only ...

Gordon Campbell on scrapping the rights of gang members

Monday, September 4th, 2017

First published on Werewolf So, Police Minister Paula Bennett thinks some New Zealanders deserve “fewer human rights than others”. The New Zealanders now in the firing line being brown people, in gangs. To that end, National is promising to allow police to search cars and houses of criminal gang members for ...