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Gordon Campbell on the rise of the far right, and battle bots

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

In his victory speech at the Cannes film festival this week, the British film director Ken Loach warned that the rise of far right parties in Europe was being fuelled by the economic policies of austerity, and manifested in a welfare bureaucracy that systematically denies assistance to those in most ...

Gordon Campbell on bank scandals and air crashes

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Libor. It stands for the London Interbank Offered rate. Back in 2012, Libor became synonymous with a scandal involving the dodgy manipulation of how interest rates were fixed - during the years before and after the Global Financial Crisis - thus affecting the cost of money for bank customers and ...

Gordon Campbell on electricity pricing, executions, and Bob Dylan at 75

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

This week, New Zealand’s crisis of poverty and homelessness has been making headlines around the world. At exactly the same time, Electricity Authority has unveiled the final version of its pricing plan for electricity transmission. This will change the way transmission prices (which comprise about 10% of the average power bill) ...

Gordon Campbell on New Zealand’s support for the Kazakh dictatorship

Monday, May 16th, 2016

Thanks to Sacha Baron Cohen, Kazakhstan will always seem like a bit of a jokey, ramshackle kind of place. To that end, the Stuff story last week about the New Zealand courts’ recent compliance with the wishes of the Kazakh dictatorship was illustrated with a picture of Borat. The Kazakh ...

Gordon Campbell on the proposed media merger

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Monopolies are bad for people, and bad for capitalism, too. Look at what happened in the late 1980s when a Labour government handed a state monopoly over to Telecom – which proceeded to screw its customers over prices, spent the bare minimum on new technology and blocked innovation for the ...

Gordon Campbell on the future of conservatism

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

For years, observers have noted the contrast between Prime Minister John Key’s ordinary Kiwi bloke persona, and the patrician prat more commonly seen in Parliament. This week though, the prat has been in plain sight. Nominally, Key got expelled from Parliament yesterday for disrespecting the Speaker, David Carter, by continuing ...

Gordon Campbell on how class colours the reactions to the Panama Papers

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

Not many heroes so far in the Panama Papers saga, but any number of villains. Those villains happen to include: criminals laundering their ill gotten gains, terrorists funding their nefarious activities, and shadowy figures guilty of varying levels of larceny stashing their wealth in bolt-holes, offshore. Much of the talk ...

Gordon Campbell on the govt’s token plans for cyber-security

Friday, May 6th, 2016

Basically, the world is divided into two types of people: those who think the Panama Papers illustrate the bad shit that some people do, and those who think the Panama Papers illustrate what needs to be done to make sure no-one else discovers the shit – good or bad – ...

Gordon Campbell on Pharmac’s grudging concession to reality

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

Is this any way to run a health system… whereby terminally ill patients are forced into public demonstrations before the government (and its funding agency Pharmac) will grudgingly provide the money for life-saving treatments freely available and publically funded in Australia for the best part of a year? The money ...

Gordon Campbell on Pharmac’s indefensible stance on the new melanoma drugs

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

One of the interesting line items in this month’s Budget will be the one that sets out the increase – if any – in Pharmac’s base funding, to enable it to meet the huge cost of the new class of so called ‘biologics’ drugs for treating advanced skin cancer. To ...