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Gordon Campbell on the Glenn Greenwald revelations

Monday, September 15th, 2014

All that hanging out with the All Blacks clearly hasn’t taught Prime Minister John Key a thing about the ethics of playing the ball, and not the man. Still, in slagging off Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald as “Dotcom’s little henchman” Key is being consistent with the politics ...

Gordon Campbell on Obama’s major foreign policy speech today on the Islamic State

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

For the Syrian people, the next ten years offers them two really unpleasant choices. They can be slaughtered by the forces of the Islamic State, or take their chances with another decade of the murderous stalemate into which the Syrian civil war has now descended. That’s the stark backdrop ...

Gordon Campbell on National’s phantom tax cut package

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Hmmm. So National’s tax cuts package turns out to be one of those television advertisements that screams a headline promise – perfect skin! a youth tonic that works! - while in very small print there’s an out clause: special conditions may apply. Heading into the home stretch of this election ...

Gordon Campbell on the West’s existential crisis about what to do with Putin, and the Islamic State

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Say one thing for Russian President Vladimir Putin. At least he’s given NATO a purpose in life. Right now, that consists of being something that Barack Obama and David Cameron can hide behind, point at Putin, and say : “Go get him, tiger.” Just what NATO is supposed to ...

Gordon Campbell on the Greens proposal to gradually lift the minimum wage

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Heading into the election home stretch, voters have a clear choice about the best way to help low and middle income New Zealanders. They can do so by gradually lifting the minimum wage (as the Greens propose ) or by a small tax cut, as the government seems about to ...

Gordon Campbell on John Key’s ‘blame it on Judith’ strategy

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Right now, Prime Minister John Key seems intent on limiting the scope of any inquiry into his government’s dealings with Cameron Slater. The declared aim is to make that inquiry solely about Judith Collins’ behavior with respect to the Serious Fraud Office. Nice try, but it won’t wash. What the ...

Gordon Campbell on last night’s debate, and the Collins accusation

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Debating is a peculiar discipline in that what you say is less important than how you’re saying it. Looking poised, being articulate and staying on topic generally wins the day – and on that score, Labour leader David Cunliffe won what turned out to be a bruising encounter with Prime ...

Gordon Campbell on Winston Peters’ latest bout of immigrant bashing, and Bob Dylan in the basement (again)

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

So in the latest 3News-Reid Research poll, New Zealand First and the Conservatives have been the big winners. It is only one poll, but rather than cannibalising each other’s vote, Colin Craig and Winston Peters do seem to be managing to find the room to co-exist. For all the talk ...

Gordon Campbell on the US foreign policy somersaults over Syria and Iran

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Amidst the day-to-day reports about the military advances of the Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria, one remarkable aspect of this war has barely been mentioned. Namely, the complete 180 degree turn of US foreign policy whereby its former enemies – the Assad regime in Syria, the Sh’ite regime ...

Gordon Campbell on National’s housing assistance plan

Monday, August 25th, 2014

So, as many as 90,000 people could derive some benefit from National’s housing assistance plans for low and middle-income earners. As much as $218 million might be spent on the programme that was announced yesterday by Prime Minister John Key. Yet in reality, the benefits seem likely to be ...