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Gordon Campbell on a bad week for Malcolm Turnbull, and the Queen

Monday, July 4th, 2016

First published on Werewolf Traditionally, the Liberals have been better at organising their postal votes (before election day) than the Australian Labour Party. So, the Australian bookies who gambled in favour of a Liberals victory may still prevail, despite losing a couple of nights sleep since Saturday. Likewise, when vote ...

Gordon Campbell on Britain’s pleas for mercy

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

First published on Werewolf.co.nz So… Boris Johnson is promising that he won’t be holding a snap general election, if he’s chosen as the next UK Conservative Party leader. Reportedly, he is even making that promise a feature of his leadership campaign, since a vote for Boris would therefore mean (wink wink) ...

Gordon Campbell on the Shewan Inquiry into our tax haven rules

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

First published at Werewolf.co.nz Like the political equivalent of lithium, Prime Minister John Key is routinely administered to dull any politically dangerous mood swings amidst the general public. Tax havens? Here? Goodness no, our handling of foreign trusts, is, quote, world class, unquote. And when subsequent evidence shows the opposite ...

Gordon Campbell on the aftermath of Brexit

Monday, June 27th, 2016

First published on Werewolf.co.nz Be careful of what you ask for. Now that it has woken up from its Brexit victory hangover, is Britain acting as if it has just won the World Cup? Hardly. Exasperated EU ministers may be urging Britain to go ahead and trigger its (ostensibly two ...

Gordon Campbell on the delusions driving the “Leave” option

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

First published on Werewolf.co.nz On the brink of the Brexit vote, the irrationality of the “Leave” option is now apparent. Voting for “Leave” requires (a) a fantastically unbalanced view of the impact of immigration on modern Britain (b) a demonizing of the EU “regulations” that are commonplace within a modern economy ...

Gordon Campbell on the “T” word, and the Spanish election

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

First published at werewolf.co.nz Once again, the RNZ news packages from the US and UK this morning underlined the striking difference in the treatment of the Pulse night club killings in Florida and the murder of the British Labour MP, Jo Cox. From day one, the Miami shooter has been described ...

Gordon Campbell on the RCEP trade deal and other entanglements

Monday, June 20th, 2016

First posted at werewolf.co.nz So China and the US both have competing trade deals on offer – the TPP for the US and the RCEP for the Chinese - each of which pointedly exclude the other superpower. That fact alone should signal that these deals are not primarily about mere trade ...

Gordon Campbell on political smears and begging

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

First published at werewolf.co.nz If you’re a ministerial spin merchant can you ‘accidentally’ pass on to a journalist the fact that a prominent critic of your Minister and her government is under Police investigation? Even in in the event that you did think you were only sharing common knowledge – and in ...

Gordon Campbell on our refugee response, and a TPP rewrite

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

First published at werewolf.co.nz The miserly nature of New Zealand’s response to the global refugee crisis continues apace. Yesterday’s announcement of an increase in our intake of UNHCR refugees from 750 to 1,000 refugees will only kick in from 2018, after the recent special intake of 650 Syrian refugees over two ...

Gordon Campbell on the new Defence White Paper

Friday, June 10th, 2016

Column - Gordon Campbell Once again, government spending on Defence is increasing by leaps and bounds, without any rational cost/benefit analysis. Yep, even Prime Minister John Key admitted this week that “the country can be confident it does not face a military threat in the ...