Scoop Election 08: edited by Gordon Campbell

Archive for the ‘Articles’ Category

Gordon Campbell on Crimea, Paula Bennett, Dotcom and the uses of history

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

So the US wants Russia to be banished “indefinitely” from the G-8 club for its actions in Crimea. Talk about gall. Astonishing to watch the US lecture Russian leader Vladimir Putin over its breaches of international law in the annexation of Crimea, given that the US trampled all over international ...

Gordon Campbell on the difficulty of imposing effective sanctions against Putin

Friday, March 21st, 2014

For decades now, there has been a peace dividend from global trade. The more interdependent our economies become, the less likely we are to go to war, as we may have done in times past. Well, the crisis in the Crimea shows one of the downsides of those trade linkages ...

Gordon Campbell on New Zealand’s currency deal with China

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

During Prime Minister John Key’s current visit to China, Key and Chinese premier Li Keqiang agreed to a deal that enables direct trading on the Chinese Foreign Exchange between the NZ dollar and the Chinese renimbi (aka yuan). It is easy to see how New Zealand exporters stand to benefit. ...

Gordon Campbell on the Genesis share float debacle

Friday, March 14th, 2014

In one sense at least, Finance Minister Bill English has done everyone a favour with the way the Genesis share float has been structured. So the shares have been set at an especially low price, the dividend yield has been set at an especially high level and buyers will be ...

Gordon Campbell on Shane Jones reverting to type, and a reply to Richard Prebble

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Anyone who may have feeling twinges of remorse that it might have been a good idea for Shane Jones to have won the Labour Party leadership race last year should be thanking their lucky stars that Labour dodged a bullet on that one. Jones’ most recent attack on Gareth Hughes ...

Gordon Campbell on Act’s problem with taking personal responsibility

Monday, March 10th, 2014

If it does nothing else, this election will be a test of whether marketing really can turn a pig’s ear into a silk purse. Although it barely registers a pulse, the Act Party has been the beneficiary of saturation coverage in the NZ Herald over the past fortnight. True, not ...

Gordon Campbell on Judith Collins’ alleged milking of the system

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

The Cabinet manual not only forbids actual conflicts of interest when Ministers are performing public duties from which they or their family members and close associates might derive private gain - it also puts the onus on the Minister to actively avoid even a perception that such a conflict might ...

Gordon Campbell on our response to Russia’s actions in the Ukraine

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

To the Russians, the current crisis in the Ukraine must seem like a no-brainer. Ukraine has always been treated as vital to Russia’s self-defence, and to its role as a modern world power. (Russia has had a fleet stationed in the Crimea since 1783.) The Crimea had been gifted by ...

Gordon Campbell on the latest NSA spy scandal, and the Pike River pay-off

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Once again, the “Five Eyes” intelligence network (to which New Zealand belongs ) has been caught out in a privacy outrage. According to this morning’s Guardian, the British spy agency GCHQ has been secretly recording the images from the Yahoo webcam communications of Internet users not suspected of any wrongdoing, ...

Gordon Campbell on the Snowden revelations and ACT’s position on incest

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Ever since the existence of the Echelon spy system was revealed in the 1990s, the risk of using cyber-espionage for commercial gain and trading advantages - rather than for military and security reasons - has been obvious. So it should come as no real surprise that the NSA whistle blower ...