Monthly Archives: March 2012

Former Zaoui campaigner Gordon Campbell puts his mind to the salient question – just how credible a security threat is Huawei?

Put it this way: Huawei is the sort of tainted corporate player that – if it were an asylum seeker – we would be clapping it in solitary confinement and trying to deport it as quickly as possible. Unless if course, as in this case, it chose to offer us a lot of money. But sacrificing your country’s basic security for short term trade benefits rarely ends happily.



Lay of the land

So it turns out The Nation returned to the telly over the weekend. A shame I missed it as Natasha Smith’s survey of Shearer, leadership and the party is far too good to miss. Try and make it past that droning clunker of a segue  – hint to TV3: your video footage of David Shearer shows him as having two hands.

As for the actual piece – Labour’s structural fault lines are still raw. The union membership are presented as being at odds with centralising forces, while the place of identity politics within the Labour vision is still in dispute. The key to this is Shearer – the membership can cover the cracks once he has committed his vision to paper.

The most interesting question of 2012 of course is what that vision looks like.

On the imminent departure of Newt Gingrich


Newt Gingrich is cutting back his campaign schedule, will lay off about a third of his cash-strapped campaign’s full-time staff, and has replaced his manager

Herman Cain – Philosopher King

More sensational TV from the Primary.

I’m reading, not writing.

I’m reading, not writing right now. But the latest document to cross my desk this morning just made me want to ask – is this the Next New Plan?