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Archive for November, 2017

Gordon Campbell on journalism, Peters and Ghahraman

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

First published on Werewolf So how is journalism faring these days in its Fourth Estate role of (a) speaking truth to power, and (b) keeping its independent distance from those it seeks to monitor… you know, for the public good? Not so great. Of late, the relationship with power has often ...

Gordon Campbell on the political risks of the rising price of oil, and Harry/Meghan

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

First published on Werewolf The price of oil at the pump is always a highly political issue. One of the juggling acts for any Finance Minister is managing the cost of oil on one hand, and the purchasing power of the NZ dollar on the other. For most of the Key/English ...

Gordon Campbell on National’s penchant for bashing (a) students and (b) beneficiaries

Monday, November 27th, 2017

First published on Werewolf Occasionally, political parties paint themselves in their true colours, almost by accident. For example: the National Party evidently thinks it's a bad idea to increase student allowances and bring them remotely into line with the actual cost of living these days in our larger cities. Why, says ...

Gordon Campbell on the new Pike River agency

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

First published on Werewolf Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation - has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with ...

Gordon Campbell on the centre right’s love of ‘nanny state’

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

First published on Werewolf Like clockwork, the old ‘nanny state’ criticism has been wheeled out this week by the National Party and lapped up just as predictably by the mainstream media. You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset ...

Gordon Campbell on the TPP outcome, and the Hobbit law

Monday, November 13th, 2017

First published on Werewolf When even Justin Trudeau seems willing to abandon you by the wayside, you know you’re in trouble. Yet somehow the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal has come lurching back from the dead – and as predicted in this column last week, the member countries gathered in ...

Gordon Campbell on Ardern’s trade battles at APEC

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

First published on Werewolf Resurrections are rarely pain free. Coming back from the dead changes you – in the Bible, and on Buffy The Vampire Slayer alike. It should therefore come as no surprise that this week’s attempt to resurrect the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal has been fraught. If ...

Gordon Campbell on the battle over select committees

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

Over the past 30 years, so many of our economic theories, health, education and law and order policies, and surveillance activities by the state have been imported from the United States. Basically, our politicians – National, Labour and Act – have been more devoted adherents of US culture than ...