Scoop Election 08: edited by Gordon Campbell

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Gordon Campbell on the Bernie Sanders aftermath

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Even as Bernie Sanders was celebrating his win yesterday in New Hampshire, the road ahead for the Sanderistas seemed as dark as ever. The notion that the Sanders victory has shaken the Democratic Party to its core and is causing furrowed, worried brows etc among the party mandarins is ...

Gordon Campbell on the US pressure to expand our role in Iraq

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Tomorrow, Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee and Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant General Tim Keating will be in Brussels for a ministerial meeting of the so-called “Counter-Daesh Coalition.” [Daesh is another term for Islamic State.] Here’s how Brownlee’s press release described the purpose of the meeting: Ministers will discuss a range of ...

Gordon Campbell on the Treaty/TPP overlap, and the Iowa backwash

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Click for big version. The people who point out that we already have investor-state dispute settlement provisions in other trade deals and ‘so far so good, we haven’t had to worry about them’ …man, that is such an absurd argument. When it comes to arms reduction and nuclear proliferation, do we ...

Gordon Campbell on Labour’s free education plan, Iowa and Jefferson Airplane

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

The “free” education policy that Labour has just unveiled has some obvious shortcomings. The universities are right to stress that the cuts to their net funding (after inflation) over the past few years are already jeopardising their ability to provide quality education to the current student intake – even before ...

Gordon Campbell on bribing the Saudis and Oscar racism

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Does this sound familiar? In the mid 2000s, New Zealand wanted to pursue a humanitarian policy, on live sheep exports. This happened to offend a Saudi foreign investor, who eventually threatened legal action against it. The Key government chose to buy him off with (a) millions in cash ...

On why the TPP is something we shouldn’t sign, and that Labour should oppose

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

So the Trans Pacific Partnership is due to be signed next week. This means very little, beyond a confirmation that the text being signed was indeed the text that was negotiated. There is no guarantee that the US will ever actually ratify it, nor is there any clarity about when ...

Gordon Campbell on Paula Bennett’s fantasy politics and Iran

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

We seem to be living in an era of virtual government, where governments promote only an illusion of policy kapow! rather than the sort of leadership where real solutions are proposed, funded and enacted. Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett’s latest bright idea on the social housing shortage definitely falls ...

Gordon Campbell on China, Oscar racism and Kate Tempest

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

China, China, China… Donald Trump is not the only one obsessed with the Middle Kingdom these days. For the past year or more, countries have been warning each other about their economic dependence on China and New Zealand is no exception. China is now the main destination for our ...

Gordon Campbell on the myopia of the business news

Monday, January 18th, 2016

Listening to the business news is a bit like eavesdropping on the radio transmissions from space aliens. There is no discernible connection between the concerns of the captains of these space ships – the bank economists and the finance house spokesmen – and the concerns of ordinary listeners back on ...

Gordon Campbell on making the media pay for OIA requests

Friday, January 15th, 2016

Click for big version. So it seems that since November, the Reserve Bank has been quietly enacting a policy of charging the media for Official Information Act requests. Such fees are not being levied only in the exceptional circumstances that involve major costs, but as a standard principle. There are so many ...