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Gordon Campbell on John Key avoiding being held accountable for the SIS and GCSB

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Will the management split on security and intelligence issues that Prime Minister John Key announced yesterday serve to enhance or to reduce his public accountability on such matters ? On RNZ’s Checkpoint last night, Key was vague about the substance of the division of labour, which seemed to entail ...

Gordon Campbell on the Lyttleton executive pay scandal, and more TPP problems

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

It isn’t often that one story can encapsulate (a) the bogus rhetoric used to justify sky-high pay packages for top executives, (b) the unequal way that workers are rewarded for their efforts, and (c) the threat that outsourcing can pose to workplace health and safety. Yet yesterday’s story about ...

Gordon Campbell on the last rites for the TPP

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

The Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal is one of those litmus issues that has always had more to do with one’s place on the political spectrum than with any imminent reality. To date, the Greens have opposed (a) a wide range of the leaked content of the TPP (b) the ...

Gordon Campbell on the farcical elevation of David Seymour

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

With the election won, it's time to find jobs for the boy. David Seymour is the Act Party’s latest scrounger to be rewarded by the National Party, and not only with a seat in Parliament. This time around, a couple of parliamentary Undersecretary posts in education and regulatory reform have ...

Gordon Campbell on the case for using air power against the Islamic State

Friday, September 26th, 2014

There is an Alice Through the Looking Glass quality to the current response to the Islamic State. Everything about it seems inside out. Many people who would normally oppose US air strikes in other countries have reluctantly endorsed the bombing of IS positions in Iraq and Syria – not because ...

Gordon Campbell on Cunliffe’s Last Stand

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Right now, embattled Labour leader David Cunliffe has three options. None of them are particularly attractive for him personally, or for the Labour Party. In scenario one, Cunliffe could resign immediately and trigger a leadership vote among the caucus, the party membership and unions affiliates. This would be a ...

Gordon Campbell on the troubled aftermath of Scotland’s independence vote

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

A week can be a very long time in Scotland’s 300 year struggle for independence. The “ No” vote last week that seemed to end the cause of Scottish independence for a generation, has turned out to have had an enormous fish hook attached, especially for the British Labour ...

Gordon Campbell on Labour’s very bad year

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

While Labour leader David Cunliffe still appears to be in denial about the extent of Saturday night’s debacle, there was hardly a single redeeming feature about the election results for the centre-left. Even the victory by Labour’s Stuart Nash in Napier was the outcome of a strong showing by ...

Gordon Campbell on a campaign that is ending as it began

Friday, September 19th, 2014

This election campaign is getting no less strange as it heads on down to the wire. Winston Peters is still refusing to say whether a vote for New Zealand First is a vote for changing the current government and its awful, awful policies, or ensuring that it gets three ...

Gordon Campbell on first time voting (Greens)

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

For the last two days, I’ve turned my column over to a couple of guest columnists who are first time voters. They’ve been asked to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at ...