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Gordon Campbell on the government’s stalling on health and safety

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

In the last five years, workplace accidents have killed nearly 300 workers in this country. Yesterday’s accident at a quarry in Canterbury once again demonstrates the serious and avoidable problem that New Zealand has with workplace health and safety. Since the early 1990s, New Zealand’s romance with a safety regime ...

Gordon Campbell on the centre-left’s quest for economic ‘credibility’

Friday, June 5th, 2015

Yesterday, the Guardian published a long, fascinating account of the infighting and tactical manoeuvring within Ed Miliband’s UK Labour leadership team during the last eighteen months before their election defeat in May. By sheer coincidence, the Miliband post mortem came out almost at exactly the same time as the New Zealand ...

Gordon Campbell on the Sepp Blatter resignation

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Any initial elation at Sepp Blatter’s resignation as the overlord of FIFA will be tempered by his declared intention to stay on until at least December and possibly March 2016, to enable his successor to be elected. Has FIFA got no existing succession plan that could kick in before this? ...

Gordon Campbell on the Greens’ new co-leader, James Shaw

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

No doubt, the new Green Party co-leader James Shaw will be on the receiving end of a ton of advice in the coming weeks about what he ‘needs’ to do (and not do) in order to become more ‘credible’ – presumably, without losing any of the 257,000 voters who ...

Gordon Campbell on the FIFA scandal , and similar dirty dealings

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Face it, it has been a very, very bad week for anyone who thinks that a) FIFA is a damn fine organisation run by guys who think football is the greatest game, and that they’d just like to do what they can to selflessly advance the sport they love so ...

Gordon Campbell on the Cullen Review of our security service

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Whatever the conflicts and point scoring between them on other issues, National and Labour have always spoken virtually as one on free trade and the role of the security services. Therefore, the recent appointment of former Labour Finance Minister Sir Michael Cullen to head the government’s upcoming review of the ...

Gordon Campbell on Budget 2015

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

From the outset, the slogan for yesterday’s Budget - “The Plan Is Working” – begged to be mocked. There’s actually a plan for the national economy? Who knew? And its been working for whom, exactly? Not for families in poverty, clearly. Supposedly, the social hardship package is ...

Gordon Campbell on the government’s belated moves on property speculation

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Is it a property tax on capital gains or a capital gains tax on property? The Jesuitical distinctions in the government’s spin about its latest moves on property speculators are all about whether the government can claim that it jumped, or confess that it was pushed, into a response. ...

Gordon Campbell on the latest good reason for dumping the monarchy

Friday, May 15th, 2015

The monarchy, the media and the masses is a threesome made in tabloid heaven, and it has seen a lot of action during this past month. The birth of Princess Charlotte, and then Prince Harry’s visit to New Zealand….To a quite embarrassing extent, Royal tours seem to turn the ...

Gordon Campbell on the death knell for the TPP

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

It is unusual for anyone to vote for an early execution, but that’s effectively what President Barack Obama’s friends in the US Senate have just done by bringing forward a procedural vote related to the Trans Pacific Partnership. If all had gone well in Washington this morning, this so-called “cloture” ...