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Gordon Campbell on the tokenism of New Zealand‘s role against Islamic State

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Was John Key born lucky or what? Political performance tends to be judged on three things – the unemployment rate, the petrol price at the pump, and the market value of your house. This year, Key was lucky enough to hit a peak in the business cycle just as the ...

Gordon Campbell on Pharmac, Gough Whitlam and Sleater-Kinney

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Ridiculous reported comments on RNZ this morning by Trade Minister Tim Groser, as he sought to dampen down concerns about yesterday’s leaked draft of the IP chapter of ther Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations. According to Groser, ‘extreme’ positions are common at the outset of negotiations, and these get whittled down ...

Gordon Campbell on the latest TPP leaks

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

The release by Julian Assange on Wikileaks of the draft Trands Pacific Partnership chapter on intellectual property – including drug patents - contains some pretty disturbing evidence about what’s still on the table. The leaked drafts pertain to the May 2014 negotiating positions and enable comparisons with the August 2013 ...

Gordon Campbell on New Zealand getting involved (again) in other peoples wars

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Apparently, the Key government is still pondering how New Zealand will contribute to the fight against Islamic State. Long may it ponder, given the lack of consensus among our allies as to how to fight IS, where to fight it (Syria, Iraq, or both ?) and with whose ground troops, ...

Gordon Campbell on child poverty, and David Shearer’s latest outburst

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

The politicisation of (a) the public service and (b) the operations of the Official Information Act have been highlighted by the policy advice package on child poverty that RNZ’s resolute political editor Brent Edwards has finally prised out of the Ministry of Social Development. Not only was the MSD advice ...

Gordon Campbell on the government’s review of security laws

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

So the Key government is about to launch a four week review of the ability of our existing legislation to deal with “suspected and returning foreign terrorist fighters, and other violent extremists.” According to its terms of reference, the review will consider whether the SIS, GCSB and Police are sufficiently ...

Gordon Campbell on John Key’s posturing about Islamic State

Friday, October 10th, 2014

One of the main achievements of the Clark government was that it kept New Zealand out of overt involvement in the 2003 Iraq invasion. It also kept our Afghanistan role within the direct UN mandate. By doing so, Clark minimized the risk to New Zealanders from retaliatory action by terrorists ...

Gordon Campbell on New Zealand’s response to Kiwi jihadis

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

When Parliament resumes on October 20, Prime Minister John Key will reportedly be making a major speech on security and intelligence issues. The speech is likely to indicate how New Zealand proposes to manage the security risk posed by Kiwi jihadis returning home after fighting in Syria and Iraq for ...

Gordon Campbell on John Key avoiding being held accountable for the SIS and GCSB

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Will the management split on security and intelligence issues that Prime Minister John Key announced yesterday serve to enhance or to reduce his public accountability on such matters ? On RNZ’s Checkpoint last night, Key was vague about the substance of the division of labour, which seemed to entail ...

Gordon Campbell on the Lyttleton executive pay scandal, and more TPP problems

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

It isn’t often that one story can encapsulate (a) the bogus rhetoric used to justify sky-high pay packages for top executives, (b) the unequal way that workers are rewarded for their efforts, and (c) the threat that outsourcing can pose to workplace health and safety. Yet yesterday’s story about ...