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Gordon Campbell on National’s electorate deals

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Image by Neetflux For all the talk yesterday from Prime Minister John Key about National being transparent about its electorate deals in Epsom and Ohariu, that transparency is entirely front-loaded. Yes, we know a lot about how Act and United Future are going to get into Parliament, but we know nothing ...

Gordon Campbell on Gaza and burning the Israeli flag

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

One of the selling points in New Zealand’s campaign for a temporary seat on the Security Council is that we have a pluckily independent voice to offer on international conflicts. This image is not entirely self-delusional. When we did occupy a temporary UN Security Council seat in the 1990s, New ...

Gordon Campbell on the non-apology to Tania Billingsley

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

The refusal by Prime Minister John Key to issue a personal apology to Tania Billingsley has been accompanied by an array of excuses. Yes, there are judicial proceedings to be considered, as well an “independent inquiry” into how the incident was handled by MFAT officials. But really…would a personal apology ...

Gordon Campbell on the failure to prosecute the GCSB

Friday, July 18th, 2014

So one hand of the state – the Independent Police Conduct Authority - has now washed the hands of its brother agencies, and declared that all hands are clean. Case closed. Does anyone feel re-assured by this exercise in familial self-exoneration? Has anyone’s respect for the rule of law been ...

Gordon Campbell on the Dotcom emails

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Back in 2010 at least, the email trail recently released to David Fisher of the NZ Herald shows that the Immigration Service had found an interesting niche in business migrants: people who (a) have $10 million or more spare change to invest in this country who also (b) have their ...

Gordon Campbell on the shonky Police statistics, and the Israeli air strikes on Gaza

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

When people systematically alter how being statistics are recorded in order to gain personal and organisational advantage, that’s usually when the Police get called in. Yet in the case of the burglary statistics in Counties-Manakau, it was the Police doing the fudging and – at the time – it was ...

Gordon Campbell on this week’s TPP talks and the election meltdown in Afghanistan

Friday, July 11th, 2014

As negotiators gather in Ottawa this week for the latest round of talks on the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal, the opposition to (a) the TPP deal itself and (b) the Trade Promotion Authority needed to pass it into US law is increasing within the US Congress. This morning’s Washington ...

Gordon Campbell on today’s presidential elections in Indonesia

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Indonesia is holding presidential elections later today. As usual, New Zealand seems completely uninterested in what happens in Indonesia – even though our huge neighbor is the world’s third biggest democracy and the largest Muslim country on the planet. The two contenders offer a fairly stark contrast, at least on ...

Gordon Campbell on the BNP Paribas case, and the selective pursuit of Dotcom

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

So the extradition hearing for Kim Dotcom has been delayed until next February. In another long running drama, a final deal on the Trans Pacific Partnership trade pact is hoped for by year’s end. If a TPP deal is completed by that date, US President Barack Obama can then begin ...

Gordon Campbell on the diplomatic immunity fallout at MFAT, and Iraq/Vietnam comparisons

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Image by Neetflux Terrific. I’m glad that Murray McCully is well and truly determined to get to the bottom of who screwed up the Malaysian diplomatic immunity case, and when he finally finds out who was Foreign Affairs Minister at the time…boy, I wouldn’t want to be in that guy’s shoes. As ...