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Gordon Campbell on the SAS role against Islamic State, and Podemos

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Could this news report serve to explain – in a nutshell – why Prime Minister John Key has not ruled out the SAS forming part of New Zealand’s contribution to the fight against Islamic State? From the New York Times a fortnight ago: With relatively few Iraqi offensives to flush out ...

Gordon Campbell on Andrew Little’s victory

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

So Andrew Little has won the leadership – by the narrowest possible margin – from Grant Robertson, and has already been depicted by commentators as being simultaneously (a) the creature of the trade unions and (b) the most centrist of the four candidates, which would be an interesting trick to ...

Gordon Campbell on the Australians scoring trade points against us with the Chinese

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

It hasn’t been a great year for Trade Minister Tim Groser. The Trans Pacific Partnership deal has been deadlocked all year, amidst increasingly desperate attempts to jawbone it towards the finishing line. Secondly, we’ve just concluded an FTA with Korea that lacks adequate milkpowder provisions, which can only be read ...

Gordon Campbell on our training efforts against fundamentalism

Friday, November 14th, 2014

As New Zealand scopes out the training role that we’re likely to play in Iraq next year against Islamic State, we should perhaps be keeping in mind the last time our troops got involved in a training and support role against Islamic extremists. That would be in Afghanistan. Over a ...

Gordon Campbell on Labour’s next leader, and Putin’s problems

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Now that the Labour leadership pageant has finally ground to a halt, the voting (and the guesswork about the likely result) can begin in earnest. At this point, no one really has a clue as to who will be announced as the winner next Tuesday, but the most common speculation ...

Gordon Campbell on the unravelling of the government’s responses to Islamic State

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Despite having had months to prepare its story about the threat allegedly posed by Islamic State, the government’s rationale for its line of response is looking increasingly shabby. 1. We’ll maybe be training their troops, but not any time soon, and not in any part of Iraq where things might be risky. ...

Gordon Campbell on our IS counter measures, Forbes’ hostility to the TPP, and CNBC’s idiocy

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

There are two dimensions to the security measures announced yesterday: (a) the deployment of New Zealand forces in ‘training” roles inside Iraq, and (b) the expansion of SIS powers to monitor and intercept any budding jihadis here at home. It seems unlikely that any Islamic State fighters will be quaking ...

Gordon Campbell on Greens MP James Shaw, and the prospects for ecumenical politics

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Every now and then Parliament gets an MP who is regarded kindly by those in the opposing ranks as being a basically good sort who, if only given the proper life chances, could well have ended up on their side of the House. You could have called it the Katherine ...

Gordon Campbell on the links between bad labour laws and poor safety practices

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

By co-incidence, one of the prime dangers of the government’s new employment relations law has been underlined by the release of the death and injury statistics among workers at New Zealand ports. These are highly profitable enterprises for the port owners. The Port of Tauranga for instance, is expecting its ...

Gordon Campbell on the TPP finishing line, and Amazon’s woes

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

If the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal wasn’t such a serious matter, this would be pretty funny. Here’s Trade Minister Tim Groser on RNZ this morning: The finish line for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement is in sight after talks in Australia over the weekend, Trade Minister Tim Groser says. And ...