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Gordon Campbell on the National leadership “contest”

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

So…. we’re 72 hours into this journey into deep space after dropping the rocket that took us out of earth orbit (adieu, John Key) and we’re taking stock of who’s on the flight deck, and whether any warps in the space/time continuum (like Jonathan Coleman’s ghost of a candidacy) ...

Gordon Campbell on the Key resignation

Monday, December 5th, 2016

First published on Werewolf The resignation of John Key is one thing. The way that Key and his deputy Bill English have screwed the scrum on the leadership succession vote (due on December 12) is something else again. It remains to be seen whether the party caucus – ie, the ambitious ...

Gordon Campbell on India’s huge socio-economic experiment

Monday, December 5th, 2016

First published on Werewolf Without much coverage at all in the West, India has just been engaged for the past few weeks in one of the world’s biggest socio-economic experiments since the Cultural Revolution in China. With only four hours warning on November 8, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi cancelled the ...

Gordon Campbell on Anne Tolley’s callous folly

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

First published on Werewolf Years ago, I remember someone in the Heath Ministry telling me off the record that regulatory oversight in this country largely consisted in ‘waiting for something to turn green or fall off somebody’ before the authorities would swing into action. Prevention is often deemed as being too ...

Gordon Campbell: Putin’s wonderful, fabulous, very good year

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

First published on Werewolf Safe to say that no-one, but no-one has had a better 2016 than Vladimir Putin. What an annus mirabilis it has been for him. Somehow, Russia got away with directly interfering in the US election process, such that a friendly oligarch that Putin can do business with ...

Gordon Campbell on the death of Fidel Castro

Monday, November 28th, 2016

First published on Werewolf New Zealand likes to think we played ourpart – via the 1981 Springbok tour – in bringing the apartheid regime in South Africa to an end. Cuba played a far, far more substantial role. That’s why South African president Jacob Zuma treated the death of Fidel Castro ...

Gordon Campbell on the media normalisation of Trump

Friday, November 25th, 2016

First published on Werewolf We all supposedly agree that the media is going to hell in a tabloid handbasket, but the trends to the contrary can be a bit harder to spot. In his 1970s book The Right Stuff, Tom Wolfe had mocked the way the media instinctively acts as what ...

Gordon Campbell on the transport options, post earthquake

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

First published on Werewolf As the immediate task of repairing and re-opening SH1 north and south of Kaikoura begins, the configuration of rail, road and shipping likely to emerge in the longer term, post earthquake, still remains opaque. According to Rail and Maritime Transport Union secretary Wayne Butson, about 200 jobs ...

Gordon Campbell on the government’s tax cuts fixation

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Long before the earthquake hit, the dodginess of the government tax cuts programnme was evident in the language of its packaging. It is being touted as a “tax cuts and family care” package. Yes, this $3 billion election bribe is going to be packaged as family assistance – even though, ...

Gordon Campbell on trade, Trump and Steve Bannon

Friday, November 18th, 2016

First published on Werewolf As APEC leaders get together this weekend in Peru, they could be forgiven for looking back nostalgically at Barack Obama’s time in office and wondering whether the world will ever be quite so safe and prosperous again. Because if anyone can further bankrupt America and send the ...