Scoop Election 08: edited by Gordon Campbell


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Gordon Campbell on what John Key should be asking Joe Biden

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

First published on Werewolf No doubt, US Vice-President Joe Biden will be updating Prime Minister John Key on the chances of a TPP vote taking place in the ‘ lame duck’ session of Congress that’s held between the November’s election and the inauguration of a new President in January. Whether there ...

Gordon Campbell on China Steel Dumping Allegations

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

First published on Werewolf Over the course of the past decade, MFAT had managed to concoct a China policy of infinite subtlety, a gossamer illusion that – alas – China has just stomped into the dust. Apparently, if we object to their cheap, subgrade steel being jettisoned here, they’ll attack our ...

Gordon Campbell on the censorship wreaking havoc within South Africa’s state broadcaster

Friday, July 15th, 2016

First published on Werewolf Clearly, New Zealand is in no position to criticise the performance of any other country’s state broadcaster. (On Tuesday night, state broadcaster TV ONE lead its 6 o’clock news bulletin with a long report on the Pokemon Go game. Go figure. ) Even so, South Africa’s state ...

Gordon Campbell on Labour’s housing policy, and TPP rewrites

Monday, July 11th, 2016

First published on Werewolf Driving round Dunedin South yesterday was an interesting place to be hearing the news of Labour’s new housing policy launch. In Corstorphine and Kew came street after street of state housing built in a previous era by an effective government response to housing need, yet all of ...

Gordon Campbell on Tony Blair and the Chilcot Report

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

Seven years in the making. Twelve volumes, and 2.6 million words. The Chilcot report into Britain’s involvement in the Iraq war in 2003 is indeed a blockbuster, and it dole out some harsh criticisms of former British PM Tony Blair - who led Britain into this disastrous action, which has ...

Gordon Campbell on John Key’s weird pilgrimage to Europe

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

First published on Werewolf As history records, the last foreign dignitary seen by Chairman Mao before he died was a New Zealand Prime Minister, Robert Muldoon. With British PM David Cameron now on his political death bed, there’s a certain grim resonance in the fact that New Zealand PM John Key ...

Gordon Campbell on a bad week for Malcolm Turnbull, and the Queen

Monday, July 4th, 2016

First published on Werewolf Traditionally, the Liberals have been better at organising their postal votes (before election day) than the Australian Labour Party. So, the Australian bookies who gambled in favour of a Liberals victory may still prevail, despite losing a couple of nights sleep since Saturday. Likewise, when vote ...

Gordon Campbell on Britain’s pleas for mercy

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

First published on Werewolf.co.nz So… Boris Johnson is promising that he won’t be holding a snap general election, if he’s chosen as the next UK Conservative Party leader. Reportedly, he is even making that promise a feature of his leadership campaign, since a vote for Boris would therefore mean (wink wink) ...

Gordon Campbell on the Shewan Inquiry into our tax haven rules

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

First published at Werewolf.co.nz Like the political equivalent of lithium, Prime Minister John Key is routinely administered to dull any politically dangerous mood swings amidst the general public. Tax havens? Here? Goodness no, our handling of foreign trusts, is, quote, world class, unquote. And when subsequent evidence shows the opposite ...

Gordon Campbell on the aftermath of Brexit

Monday, June 27th, 2016

First published on Werewolf.co.nz Be careful of what you ask for. Now that it has woken up from its Brexit victory hangover, is Britain acting as if it has just won the World Cup? Hardly. Exasperated EU ministers may be urging Britain to go ahead and trigger its (ostensibly two ...