Scoop Election 08: edited by Gordon Campbell

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Gordon Campbell on Refugees, the Flag and Bo Diddley

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

There’s a simple statistical reason why New Zealand should increase its refugee intake. Our UN quota has remained static – or fallen slightly – over the past 30 years. Over the same period, both our economy and our population has grown substantially – which means the burden imposed ...

Gordon Campbell on the government’s response to the refugee crisis in Europe

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

The government’s refusal to accept an emergency intake of refugees from the hundreds of thousands now pouring into Europe is pretty shameful. This country makes so much of its Anzac heritage. Yet now, John Key and Tony Abbott are standing side by side against the exercise of compassion, while it ...

Gordon Campbell on the Children’s Commission report on CYF

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Accusing the overworked and underfunded staff at Child, Youth and Family of a “dump and run culture of neglect" is the kind of luxury that a Children’s Commissioner can afford to indulge in from his own comfy perch in the bureaucracy. Newsflash: CYPS staff care about the welfare of children ...

Gordon Campbell on the flag campaign

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

So far, the public has treated the government’s flag campaign with something between disinterest and disdain. Most New Zealanders have instinctively seen through the marketing hype involved. Basically the flag campaign is a ‘feel good’ bit of self-promotion for the government and concocted to enable Prime Minister John Key to ...

Gordon Campbell on Donald Trump, and Dr Dre

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

For the past few months, you, me, and Rupert Murdoch have been waiting for the wheels to fall off the Trump campaign, and for some drab incarnation of business-as-usual (Jeb Bush, Scott Walker) to emerge as the real Republican standard bearer in next year’s presidential election. Hmmm. But if the ...

Gordon Campbell on Tim Groser and the Wrecking Crew

Monday, August 17th, 2015

At times, a protest march can feel like a futile political tactic, but at least afterwards… Trade Minister Tim Groser can always be relied on to put his foot in his mouth. The weekend’s turnout of thousands – in Auckland in wet weather - was no exception. In his comments ...

Gordon Campbell on China’s devaluation, and Wolf Alice

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

As China’s currency takes the down elevator towards the basement – and after two days of decline no one knows how far down it will eventually go – its hard to see any good news for New Zealand. Our main export commodity (dairy powder) has already lost 70 % of ...

Gordon Campbell on Labour’s pandering to the redneck vote about refugees, and the SIS charm offensive

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Labour’s readiness to play “Gotcha” politics over the 27 incidents where refugee status were first granted and then revoked is pretty shameful. According to documents obtained by RNZ, fraud may have been involved in some of these cases. Labour wants to know why the citizenship of the people concerned was ...

Gordon Campbell on Japan’s current doubts that the TPP has any future

Monday, August 10th, 2015

Japan has made it clear it thinks New Zealand was the key major stumbling block to a successful conclusion of the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal. Alas, New Zealand proved to be the axle-breaking bump in the road that nobody saw until it was too late to slow down. An ...

Gordon Campbell on the economic bad news, and Turkey’s fears about the Kurds

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Traditionally, voters regard National as a more competent manager of the economy. It is the sole upside of crony capitalism: surely these guys must know what their mates in business want and need. These last few months though, have put that faith sorely to the test, as the government seems ...