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Gordon Campbell on Andrew Little’s debut, Mockingjay, and drunk texting

Friday, November 28th, 2014

John Key’s credibility has taken a hammering this week - at least among the 50% of the electorate who have always had doubts about him on that score. The other substantial story of the week has been about Andrew Little’s debut as Labour leader, which has received top marks, especially ...

Gordon Campbell on government arrogance, Ferguson, and Police pursuits

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

As anyone who’s ever encountered him around Parliament will verify, Chris Finlayson’s arrogance is matched only by his sense of self-esteem. On RNZ this morning though, he exceeded himself on both counts. Right now, National is ramming anti-terrorism measures through Parliament. This legislation will grant the SIS the power to ...

Gordon Campbell on the inquiry into one case of dirty politics

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Suddenly, we’re awash in inquiries and reviews. (It feels almost as if the Greens won the last election.) Caught out by the damning inquiry by SIS Inspector-General Cheryl Gwyn, the government’s response yesterday was utterly in character – it released two other major reports at the same time to try ...

Gordon Campbell on Rick Ellis as Te Papa’s new CEO

Monday, November 24th, 2014

The recent appointment of former TVNZ boss Rick Ellis to head Te Papa has copped a fair bit of criticism. Much of it has been inspired by the suspicion that Ellis has been hired to pursue the same purely commercial goals as he did at TVNZ, while similarly neglecting the serious ...

Gordon Campbell on the SAS role against Islamic State, and Podemos

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Could this news report serve to explain – in a nutshell – why Prime Minister John Key has not ruled out the SAS forming part of New Zealand’s contribution to the fight against Islamic State? From the New York Times a fortnight ago: With relatively few Iraqi offensives to flush out ...

Gordon Campbell on Andrew Little’s victory

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

So Andrew Little has won the leadership – by the narrowest possible margin – from Grant Robertson, and has already been depicted by commentators as being simultaneously (a) the creature of the trade unions and (b) the most centrist of the four candidates, which would be an interesting trick to ...

Gordon Campbell on the Australians scoring trade points against us with the Chinese

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

It hasn’t been a great year for Trade Minister Tim Groser. The Trans Pacific Partnership deal has been deadlocked all year, amidst increasingly desperate attempts to jawbone it towards the finishing line. Secondly, we’ve just concluded an FTA with Korea that lacks adequate milkpowder provisions, which can only be read ...

Gordon Campbell on our training efforts against fundamentalism

Friday, November 14th, 2014

As New Zealand scopes out the training role that we’re likely to play in Iraq next year against Islamic State, we should perhaps be keeping in mind the last time our troops got involved in a training and support role against Islamic extremists. That would be in Afghanistan. Over a ...

Gordon Campbell on Labour’s next leader, and Putin’s problems

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Now that the Labour leadership pageant has finally ground to a halt, the voting (and the guesswork about the likely result) can begin in earnest. At this point, no one really has a clue as to who will be announced as the winner next Tuesday, but the most common speculation ...

Gordon Campbell on the unravelling of the government’s responses to Islamic State

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Despite having had months to prepare its story about the threat allegedly posed by Islamic State, the government’s rationale for its line of response is looking increasingly shabby. 1. We’ll maybe be training their troops, but not any time soon, and not in any part of Iraq where things might be risky. ...