Scoop Election 08: edited by Gordon Campbell

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Gordon Campbell on drone strikes and Judith Collins‘ last stand

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Reportedly, US drone operators refer to their kills as "bug splat” - mainly because when the carnage is viewed on their screens thousands of kilometres away at home, it looks like an insect strike on a windscreen. The name has even been bestowed on the software used in the system. ...

Gordon Campbell on the life and ACC work of Sir Owen Woodhouse

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

With the death of Sir Owen Woodhouse, the founding father of the Accident Compensation Scheme, New Zealand has lost one of the titans of its post-war social policy. In its original incarnation in the early 1970s, ACC had been a globally innovative “no fault” scheme whereby accident victims surrendered their ...

Gordon Campbell on royalty and its tourism spin-offs

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Ultimately the Queen’s longevity has been one of her most significant accomplishments. A transition to Prince Charles while the monarchy was in the pits of public esteem in the mid to late 1990s would have been disastrous for the Royal Firm. Far more congenial representatives have now emerged. Predictably, the ...

Gordon Campbell on the failure to create a Labour/Greens alliance

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

David Cunliffe won his current job by indicating he would be a Labour leader proud of his party’s left wing traditions. Since then, a question mark has been hanging over how Cunliffe would handle Labour’s relationship with the Greens during the run-up to the 2014 election. After all, some senior ...

Gordon Campbell on Narendra Modi, and the elections in India

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

On the upside, the gigantic election process that began yesterday in India is the largest exercise in democracy on the planet. Reportedly, a staggering five million people are employed, directly or indirectly, in the election process. The likely outcome is not quite so welcome. On current projections it seems that ...

Gordon Campbell on trade unions and Transpower

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

So much for the demonising of trade unions. As the dust setttles on the Global Financial Crisis, some US corporate leaders seem able to read the lessons of history. Bill Ford, executive chairman of the Ford Motor Company, has credited his company’s survival to what, to some, would seem to ...

Gordon Campbell on this week’s election in Afghanistan

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

In effect, there are three main candidates running in Afghanistan’s presidential election this week: the former diplomat Abdullah Abdullah, the former World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani, and Zalmai Rassoul - who was, until last year, Foreign Minister in the government of Hamid Karzai. Rassoul is widely perceived ...

Gordon Campbell on the ICJ whaling ban, and security agency failings

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

The ban on Japan’s whaling programme ordered by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) is a credit to Australia, who brought the case. Indirectly, it is also a victory for the Sea Shepherd group, whose activism doggedly kept global attention focused on what Japan has been doing in the southern ...

Gordon Campbell on Mana and Dotcom

Friday, March 28th, 2014

So far, Mana leader Hone Harawira deserves a lot of credit for the disciplined way he has conducted his discussions with the Internet Party. Harawira has (a) explored whether a basis for co-operation exists (b) sought a bottom line agreement in ruling out working with National post-election and (c) suspended ...

Gordon Campbell on the EU/NZ trade deal, and Scotland’s growing rejection of independence

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

So Europe is “considering” whether to launch free trade discussions, with New Zealand ; the parties plan to establish a scoping process and will hold talks next year and if all goes well, negotiations will proceed from there. Given that the EU already has free trade deals with ...