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Gordon Campbell on privatizing education, and the Amen Break

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

First published on Werewolf Here’s a link to a brilliant piece by the Aussie economist John Quiggin - occasionally of this parish – about the failures of the market when it comes to the delivery of social programmes. I particularly liked this introductory contrast between Thomas Edison and Tony Blair : Thomas Edison ...

Gordon Campbell on the Key style of crisis management

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

First published on Werewolf Obviously, anyone paying much attention in recent weeks has been serially appalled/amazed/cynically amused by The Great Fish Dumping Fiasco, and the evidence of top Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) officials being caught in email flagrante saying such stuff as… how they don't dare to enforce the official ...

Gordon Campbell on Judith Collins’ self correction

Monday, September 26th, 2016

First published on Werewolf Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Thousands more who have been released (and who served longer terms than they should have) may also qualify for ...

Gordon Campbell on our posturing at the UN

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

First published on Werewolf Hey, how hard is to be John Key? Not very. Yesterday in New York for instance, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home such as: “John Key ...

Gordon Campbell on the damage of deregulation

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

First published on Werewolf Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other ...

Gordon Campbell on welfare blackmail, and drugs in sport

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

First published on Werewolf So, in order to chase up the fathers (and in a few rare cases, the mothers) who may be dodging their responsibility for paying child support… WINZ is evidently willing to blackmail the parent who is doing the actual caring, and thereby push the child concerned further ...

Gordon Campbell on the government’s selective lethargy

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

First published on Werewolf When it feels so inclined, the Key government can put its foot down hard on the accelerator. Time and again the period for public submissions (and the scrutiny of them by MPs) has been drastically shortened, supposedly so that a busy government can press onwards and get ...

Gordon Campbell on The Rise of the Sewbots

Friday, September 9th, 2016

First published on Werewolf Of late, we’ve all heard a lot of anxious media talk about how automation is poised to wipe out the white collar office jobs on which middle class incomes and lifestyles depend. The looming social upheaval forms a big part of the argument for the Universal Basic ...

Gordon Campbell on housing illusions, and libertarians for Trump

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

First published on Werewolf So Auckland’s average house price has now topped a million dollars and in her usual role as flak catcher and diversion from such headlines, Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett has rushed out a puny funding boost for community housing. The $24.4 million of funding will allow community housing ...

Gordon Campbell on Apple’s unpaid tax issues

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

First published on Werewolf Reportedly, Apple owes Ireland $US14 billion in unpaid taxes, plus interest. Not that Ireland seems to want the reputational risk involved in the terrifying role that the European Commission has just landed it with. Yikes. In the wake of Brexit, Dublin had been hoping to displace London ...