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Gordon Campbell on the conflicts over abortion

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

First published on Werewolf Tomorrow morning, the Abortion Supervisory Committee (ASC) will appear at Parliament to make the case that an abortion law passed 40 years ago may now need to be reviewed and modernised, in the light of 21st century attitudes and practices. You’d think that this would be a ...

Gordon Campbell on the Transport Ministry scandal, quad bikes and Frankie Cosmos

Friday, March 10th, 2017

First published on Werewolf Perception matters. If whistle blowers don’t feel protected if and when they relay their concerns to senior staff – let alone if they later feel impelled to go public to the media – then the formal protections on paper are worthless. The fact that three Transport Ministry ...

Gordon Campbell on National’s token National Super age hike

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

First published on Werewolf Yesterday, the government finally announced the age of eligibility for superannuation will rise in steps from 65 to 67 but… don’t worry, the process won’t begin to be phased in until 2037 and won’t finally be in place until 2041. Is there a pattern here? Reminds me ...

Gordon Campbell on Labour’s latest love letter to the right

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

First published on Werewolf Yesterday, Labour leader Andrew Little chose to appoint Winston Peters – and not Greens’ leader James Shaw – to Parliament’s committee on the security and intelligence services, as replacement for Labour’s David Shearer. Little justified the decision on these grounds: [Peters has] had ample experience of briefings from ...

Gordon Campbell on Ardern’s ascension & Trump’s triumph

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

First published on Werewolf A penis conveys gravitas to any political career. Think of the stream of gaffes by Murray McCully. Think of the hyper-emotionalism of Nick Smith. If they were women, they would have been laughed out of Cabinet long ago, or would never made it there in the first ...

Gordon Campbell: the runway extension’s latest court failure

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

First published on Werewolf Thank goodness for the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA). The Court of Appeal has just ringingly found in favour of the pilots’ union over the safety issues raised by the Wellington runway extension. Not only has the previous High Court ruling been overturned. The Director of Civil ...

Gordon Campbell on the Mt Albert aftermath

Monday, February 27th, 2017

First published on Werewolf Personality politics – Jacinda is great! Jacinda is not so great! – have dominated the coverage of the Labour Party’s fortunes this week, just as a different form of personality politics – Picking Willie Jackson/Greg O’Connor is a masterstroke! Picking Willie Jackson/Greg O’Connor is a suicidal move! ...

Gordon Campbell on the Mana-Maori Party deal

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

First published on Werewolf If the self-interest involved wasn’t so blatant, the electorate deal between the Maori Party and Hone Harawira would be kind of poignant. It's a bit like seeing the remaining members of Guns’n’Roses or the Eagles back on the road touring the nostalgia circuit…playing all the old hits ...

Gordon Campbell on what Trump may mean for us

Friday, February 17th, 2017

First published on Werewolf The chaotic presidency of Donald Trump has been a weird form of spectator sport for the past three weeks. Horrible, but you can’t stop watching it. So far though, not much effort has been put into tracing the possible implications for New Zealand of the ...

Gordon Campbell on Labour’s candidacy troubles

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

First published on Werewolf So its official. Greg O’Connor will indeed be Labour’s candidate in Ohariu and – as also signaled well in advance – the Greens will not be standing a candidate in the electorate. At this point, you have to question the validity of the Greens’ excuse – “we ...