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Gordon Campbell on Tiwai Point, and saying “No” in Greece

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Its hard to see how Rio Tinto’s one month delay in announcing its intentions about the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter is a good sign for (a) the jobs of the workers affected or (b) for the New Zealand taxpayer. Either Rio Tinto is angling for another power price handout from ...

Gordon Campbell on the crisis in Greece

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Greece, as the cradle of democracy, is getting no brownie points for actually practicing it. The decision by the Greek government to go back to the people for a mandate for the bailout terms being proposed by the Eurozone seems entirely appropriate. Syriza were not elected to impose a further ...

Gordon Campbell on climate change protest, and Iraq training

Friday, June 26th, 2015

For sheer style, humour and content fit for purpose, it would be hard to beat yesterday’s Greenpeace protest at Parliament. The fact that the hanging of functioning solar panels from Parliament Buildings caused such spluttering outrage among fogeys old (David Carter) and young (David Seymour) added a Monty Python level ...

Gordon Campbell on telling the poor to ask for more

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

The government’s “let them ask for more” response to the dilapidated, cold and unhealthy conditions faced by many families in state housing can only be put down to two things – utter cluelessness, or total cynicism. This week, Prime Minister John Key has suggested that families trapped in inadequate housing ...

Gordon Campbell on what Uber and The Hobbit have in common

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Remember the Great Hobbit Fiasco of 2010 – when John Key, Gerry Brownlee etc bowed and scraped to the lords of Warners and changed our labour laws at their request? As you’ll recall, what the studios wanted the Key government to do was to change the basis – originally set ...

Gordon Campbell on the Pope’s encyclical on climate change

Friday, June 19th, 2015

The spread of market mechanisms into every facet of life – as health, education and the environment get treated as mere commodities – has seen economic efficiency worshipped in its own right as a totem, and as a substitute for morality. The Laudato Si encyclical issued today by Pope Francis ...

Gordon Campbell on the reasons for Southern DHB’s problems

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Once again in our health system, making the books look healthy seems more important than ensuring the patients are healthy. The fact that people pay taxes so that they can get the healthcare they want (when they need it) appears to be completely irrelevant to our busy bureaucrats on the ...

Gordon Campbell on today’s showdown over Obama’s TPP trade agenda

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

The defeat that the White House suffered last Friday in its quest for effective ‘fast track’ authority (aka Trade Promotion Authority, or TPA) need not spell doom just yet for the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal. The language used by the Democrats’ House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi – who became ...

Gordon Campbell on why the Reserve Bank has cut interest rates

Friday, June 12th, 2015

All hail Graeme Wheeler. Because at some point this year, the government appears to have contracted out all the major decisions to do with running New Zealand to the un-elected Governor of the Reserve Bank. A housing crisis in Auckland? The government was still in denial that a crisis existed, ...

Gordon Campbell on the TPP revelations about Pharmac

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

The health system transparency measures contained in the latest Wikileaks revelations about the TPP have been a long running concern. The fact that the Pharmac-related transparency measures would entail a cost to the government was being grudgingly conceded in December 2013 at least: The Government had committed to protecting the ...