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Gordon Campbell on the US election home stretch

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

First published on Werewolf Once again at the business end of a US election, the result will hinge on the same old bits of geography as always: the Five Crucial Counties in Ohio, the Two Crucial Counties in Pennsylvania and the I-4 Interstate Corridor in Florida that runs from Tampa Bay ...

Gordon Campbell on news from the US election eve

Friday, November 4th, 2016

Here’s a somewhat scary headline from October 30 on Nate Silver’s 538 site, which summed up the statistical factors in play at that point : “The Cubs Have A Smaller Chance Of Winning Than Trump Does” Yet as we now know…yesterday, the Chicago Cubs concluded their incredible World Series comeback run ...

Gordon Campbell on the latest McCully fiasco

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

It is 2008. A victorious John Key finds he’s inherited from the Clark government the vexing problem of a well-connected Saudi called Sheikh Hmood Al Ali Al Khalaf who seems utterly enraged that New Zealand has curtailed (for humanitarian reasons!) the live sheep trade that he’d invested in, and which ...

Gordon Campbell on the last rites for the TPP

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

Sorry. I know that the TPP is the reggae of political issues…in that it can be endlessly boring, samey sounding and obsessed with the same things ( Jah, ganja and investor state disputes) but believe me, there are some fascinating bassline variations if you can really get into it. Most ...

Gordon Campbell on Britain’s landmark court ruling against Uber

Monday, October 31st, 2016

The shockwaves from Uber’s defeat last week in a British court have reportedly already begun to wash up here in New Zealand with some local drivers thinking of taking a similar class action. In its ruling, the British tribunal struck a blow for common sense - and for ...

Gordon Campbell on the Police (and MSD) abuses of power

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

It has been a rough week for anyone who believes in civil liberties. Apparently, the Police have deliberately abused the powers of detention they possess under the Land Transport Act (ie to promote road safety) in order to set up a bogus breath test traffic stop to gain the personal ...

Gordon Campbell on holidays, Hekia Parata and Badlands

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

First published on Werewolf At this time of year, a lot of New Zealanders tend to bemoan the increasing popularity of Hallowe’en. They regard it as an alien, commercialized American import with no real connection to this country – even though, thank goodness, Hallowe’en seems to be replacing an equally alien, ...

Gordon Campbell on plastic bag activism, and street harassment

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

First published on Werewolf Amusing to see the Act Party experiencing another outbreak of young fogey-ism. What has aroused the ire of Act Leader David Seymour this time is the introduction of a Greens private members bill to the ballot process, calling for a 15 cents levy on plastic bags ...

Gordon Campbell on the Surplus, And Bob Dylan

Friday, October 14th, 2016

First published on Werewolf To quote the distinguished Nobel laureate, ‘Something is happening here, and you don’t know what it is, do you Mr Jones?” True, Bob Dylan didn’t have Finance Minister Bill English or Labour leader Andrew Little exactly in mind when he wrote those lines, but they definitely fit. ...

Gordon Campbell on Judith Collins, crime and poverty

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Usually, populism is associated with Winston Peters and his regular tweakings of community prejudice about race and immigration. Just as predictably, Police Minister Judith Collins engages in the same process of liberal baiting. It is just the way that a certain brand of politics gets done. Law’n’order and the ...