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Gordon Campbell on Tim Groser missing in action on the TPP

Friday, July 31st, 2015

While rapid change is always possible in trade talks as they approach the deadline, lets assume that the offers on the table for dairy at the TPP talks in Maui won’t improve much beyond the “appallingly bad” level currently being lamented by New Zealand dairy industry participants. What is Plan ...

Gordon Campbell on D-Day for dairy at the TPP

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

While New Zealand may feel flattered at being called “the Saudi Arabia of milk” it would be more accurate to regard us as the suicide bombers of free trade. Ever since the Uruguay Round kicked off in the 1980s New Zealand has set a socially self destructive, tactically inept, tariff ...

Gordon Campbell on the PM’s concessions about medicines and the TPP

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

So, on the eve of the last round of talks meant to finalise the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal, Prime Minister John Key has conceded that yes New Zealand will probably have to pay more for medicines under the TPP. This is exactly what TPP critics have been warning for nearly ...

Gordon Campbell on the 1990s retro proposals for our health system

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Reviews are under way that could transform the New Zealand health system into our very own version of the Eurozone, whereby DHBs that fail to meet their budgets will be treated like Greece, and punished accordingly. As we learned yesterday, the reviews propose that the democratically elected representation on ...

Gordon Campbell on the government’s dogged reluctance to condemn Serco

Friday, July 24th, 2015

The refusal by Minister Sam Lotu-Liga to hold Serco accountable for the company’s failings in prison management is bad enough. Basically, this ingrained reluctance is an echo of the government’s wider failure to heed the dangers that are inherent in turning our prisons into profit opportunities for the private sector. ...

Gordon Campbell on the new bureaucratic tests facing solo parents

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Offhand, its hard to think of a more cynical example of political opportunism than the requirement that solo parents will now need to re-apply for their benefits each year. This new rule is being enforced in the full knowledge that a significant number will be unable to meet the bureaucratic ...

Gordon Campbell on John Key trying to talk up our – and China’s – ailing economy

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

It wasn’t exactly Winston Churchill rallying the nation in 1940, but Prime Minister John Key chose to open his post-Cabinet press conference yesterday with a curious little pep talk about the resilience of the New Zealand people. Through the Global Financial Crisis and the Christchurch earthquake, we had kept on ...

Gordon Campbell on the plight of dairy, anti-Chinese sentiments and Pluto

Friday, July 17th, 2015

Where now for dairy farmers? On RNZ this morning, Economic Development Minister Stephen Joyce was portraying the carnage of plunging global dairy prices, declining Fonterra payouts and bank foreclosures as merely a product of the normal business cycle and hey – eventually - things will get back to normal sometime ...

Gordon Campbell on the deal over Iran’s phantom nukes, and nuking Greece’s future

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Though it isn’t being mentioned, Islamic State was really the elephant in the room in the final phase of the decade-long negotiations on Iran’s nuclear weapons capability. Basically, how could Iran continue to be expected to do all the military heavy lifting in the battle against Islamic State, while still ...

Gordon Campbell on Treasury’s plans for Kiwirail

Friday, July 10th, 2015

Is there any more terrifying phrase in the English language than “Treasury recommends”? The latest idiotic idea to emerge from the Treasury – lets close down Kiwirail – deserves to be filed away alongside previous gems such as “Treasury push for bigger class sizes” and “Kiwisaver providing poor value for ...