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Gordon Campbell on the new Pike River agency

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

First published on Werewolf Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation - has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with ...

Gordon Campbell on the centre right’s love of ‘nanny state’

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

First published on Werewolf Like clockwork, the old ‘nanny state’ criticism has been wheeled out this week by the National Party and lapped up just as predictably by the mainstream media. You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset ...

Gordon Campbell on the TPP outcome, and the Hobbit law

Monday, November 13th, 2017

First published on Werewolf When even Justin Trudeau seems willing to abandon you by the wayside, you know you’re in trouble. Yet somehow the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal has come lurching back from the dead – and as predicted in this column last week, the member countries gathered in ...

Gordon Campbell on Ardern’s trade battles at APEC

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

First published on Werewolf Resurrections are rarely pain free. Coming back from the dead changes you – in the Bible, and on Buffy The Vampire Slayer alike. It should therefore come as no surprise that this week’s attempt to resurrect the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal has been fraught. If ...

Gordon Campbell on the battle over select committees

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

Over the past 30 years, so many of our economic theories, health, education and law and order policies, and surveillance activities by the state have been imported from the United States. Basically, our politicians – National, Labour and Act – have been more devoted adherents of US culture than ...

Gordon Campbell on the fear of change

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

First published on Werewolf Change isn’t the same old menu, with merely a better range of desserts. As New Zealand has woken from its nine-year slumber to confront National’s dire legacy of social and economic neglect, the changes involved are going to be extensive. Everything from the minimum wage rate – ...

Is Kaiser Bill alive and well in the White House?

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Article - Gordon Campbell T he Passchendaele centenary commemorations were held last week. Amid the military rituals, there was a notable lack of commentary on the imperial platitudes that sent those young soldiers off to kill and be killed. That seems unacceptable, today. Even ...

What does Winston Peters want his legacy to be?

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Article - Gordon Campbell A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word. In reality, Peters will have power only up to the point that he uses it. By next week, he’ll have become ...

Gordon Campbell on Peters’ end game in the coalition talks

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

First published on Werewolf We’re now entering the Agatha Christie phase of the coalition negotiations, given that all the main characters have been summoned to the drawing room today by M. Hercule Peters. Although the resolution of the plot will take a few days yet, one can bet that all be ...

Which way will New Zealand First jump?

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

First published on Werewolf How relevant will Peters treat his own party policy to his final decision? by Gordon Campbell In the election aftermath, where is New Zealand First headed? Subliminally, it would like to go centre-left. How do I know this? Well, when you click on the New Zealand First policies the ...