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Gordon Campbell on the wage hike for MPs (and Paul Robeson)

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Hard to tell what is more infuriating. Is it the 5.3% increase on the already bloated salaries of MPs, or their pantomime of outrage at being gifted with such a wonderful back-dated bonanza? As usual, Prime Minister John Key has busily tried to distance himself from the political fallout, even ...

Gordon Campbell on whether NZ troops are the least of Islamic State’s problems

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Given that it has been politically packaged and sold as a training mission, the Iraq deployment announced yesterday by Prime Minister John Key seemed to be mysteriously short of…actual trainers. Only 16 specialist trainers will be among the 143 strong contingent, which is a mere 15% of the team. The ...

Gordon Campbell on the drip-feeding of information about the Iraq deployment

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

There are two ways of framing the story of our troop deployment in Iraq. They go roughly like this: The Official Version : We are going to Iraq solely to train Iraqis. We will not be engaged in combat against the Islamic State. Our troops will be safely behind the wire ...

Gordon Campbell on today’s announcement on sending our troops to Iraq

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Click for big version. Later today, the Key government is expected to announce that New Zealand is planning to send about 100 troops on a training mission to Iraq. This will be followed by a predictably divided debate in Parliament. Have Kiwi troops ever been sent on a mission overseas with ...

Gordon Campbell on the dangers posed by the upcoming security services review

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Could the June review of New Zealand’s security and intelligence be about to bestow on our spy agencies the express right to break the laws of other countries, if the SIS/GCSB feel inclined to do so? That’s possible, given that the Law Commission’s Geoff Mclay told RNZ yesterday that New ...

Gordon Campbell on the America’s Cup, and Lee Marvin

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Like the Commonwealth Games, the America’s Cup is one of those large sporting events that is struggling to find anyone foolish enough to want to host it. San Francisco certainly found that the America’s Cup delivered far, far less than it promised. Not only did a major general uptick ...

Gordon Campbell on Andrew Little’s not-so-great week

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

No, it hasn’t been a terrific week so far for Andrew Little. The Labour leader’s decision to exclude the Greens from the (toothless?) committee that will play a yet-to-be-determined oversight role in the June review of our security and intelligence legislation is more important for its symbolism than for ...

Gordon Campbell on Labour’s latest stance on Iraq

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

On RNZ this morning, Labour leader Andrew Little expressed his support for air strikes in Iraq against Islamic State – and by doing so, he may have unwittingly undermined Labour’s opposition to a military response from New Zealand. For months, it has been evident that the coalition bombing campaign needs ...

Gordon Campbell on the SkyCity debacle

Monday, February 16th, 2015

“What is this? A centre for ants? …I don't wanna hear your excuses! The building has to be at least three times bigger than this!" – Derek Zoolander As the Key government struggles to put a brave face on its blighted SkyCity deal, Judith Collins could be forgiven be feeling a ...

Gordon Campbell on the latest arm-wrestling bout over Greece’s austerity crisis, and Father John Misty

Friday, February 13th, 2015

This morning’s meeting between Greece and Europe’s finance ministers seems to have broken up without any substantial agreements being reached, beyond a bit of bridging finance for Greece until next week’s meetings. The crucial date remains February 28, when the bailout package effectively expires. Lets not forget how damaging the ...