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Gordon Campbell on the political tokenism of the government’s response to the Panama Papers

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Image by Grant Buist Prime Minister John Key could have dealt with the clamour for an independent inquiry into the Panama Papers scandal in a variety of ways. He could have - for instance - set up a public inquiry, as was done in the mid 1990s, in the wake of ...

Gordon Campbell on the (missing) US links to the Panama Papers, and Merle Haggard

Friday, April 8th, 2016

Belatedly, US complicity in the global tax avoidance systems is now trickling out into daylight. To some, one of the suspicious aspects of the scandal to date has been how few firms and individuals from the US have featured in the document dump from the Mossack Fonseca law firm. The ...

Gordon Campbell on whether Donald Trump has peaked

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

For the past ten days, the world has been daring to hope that the wheels may finally be coming off the Trump bandwagon – sufficiently at least, to deny Trump the nomination outright. According to this narrative…. perhaps come August, when the Republicans will finally get to anoint their candidate ...

Gordon Campbell on living in denial about the Panama Papers

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

So now we know why New Zealand won all those awards for being the ‘easiest place to do business.’ Evidently, foreign firms that register in New Zealand can operate with impunity when it comes to complying with (a) our money-laundering and terrorism financing laws and (b) our international obligations on ...

Gordon Campbell on the tension between health and defence spending, and Batman v Superman

Friday, April 1st, 2016

What is the more rational use of taxpayer money? In one instance, we have New Zealanders with orthopedic problems living in pain until they can get access to the surgery they need. For many, their condition is being allowed to deteriorate to the point where they may belatedly qualify for more ...

Gordon Campbell on the SIS crying wolf, the Syrian end game and Max Edwards RIP

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

In the wake of the Cullen/Reddy review of the security services – and the suggested extension of their powers - it seems healthy to highlight any examples of the SIS crying wolf. We’ve already had them do that in the case of the ‘jihadi brides’ where SIS director Rebecca Kitteridge ...

Gordon Campbell on where Hillary Clinton may be worse than Trump

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

Anyone with misgivings about Hillary Clinton’s presidential ambitions had them confirmed in spades by Clinton’s appalling speech this week on the Israel/Palestine conflict. In one stroke, Clinton vowed to defy any UN attempts at a resolution, to cozy up to Benjamin Netanyahu and to roll back even the minor pressure ...

Gordon Campbell on John Key putting defamation costs on the public tab

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

So, where are we now on the Teapot Tape saga? According to Prime Minister John Key, Key was wearing his “ leader of the National Party” hat when he made his potentially defamatory remarks in November 2011 about freelance cameraman Bradley Ambrose.

Gordon Campbell on how Obama’s Supreme Court choice says everything (bad) about his presidency

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Nothing has epitomised the presidency of Barack Obama quite like his Supreme Court nominees. Time and again, Republican presidents will blithely nominate right wing ideological extremists (Antonin Scalia, Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas) who only sometimes misfire and turn out to be liberals in disguise (David Souter). Yet Obama has consistently ...

Gordon Campbell on the government’s impotence towards the banks, and Iran

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

One of the defining features of this government’s political style is how often Prime Minister John Key chooses to sound like a mere observer of political events. The public may think that they elected him to lead, and to be the captain on the field but – time and again ...