it was a shocker for brash..that leaders debate..he got caught out bullshitting (about asset sales)..the audience actually laughed at him more than once..(and not as a result of someone elses one-liner, but by his own doing,,)
this was all not a good look…(there’ll be some glum faces around nat hq this morning..eh..?..)
and as for brash and any other right party presenting an image of a coalition that will be able to work together..?..forget it….
all in all..not a good look..eh..?
and i am feeling more and more confident in my call that support for national will collapse because of brashs’ inept outings between now and the election…and that act will get back in on the back of that collapse as the right attempts to salvage something from the wreckage…everything is moving along as predicted…rating:..3/10
which brings us to act ….hide did ok..(i did think it was rather cruel of whoever not to give him a tissue to mop his upper lip..but..y’know..)…
and as far as those who rely on current polling to confidently predict the demise of act they seem to forget that the polls do not measure vote-splits and as such, in many ways..are a crock….
just as many greenie labour supporters will give their party vote to the green..there are those who. because of the inherent lilmitations of the survey, will correctly tell the pollsters they will support national..and on the day will give their party vote to act…….rating..6/10..
clark..she nailed brash early on and exuded her well rehearsed competent/presidential air with panache…(her and fitzsimons also looked good standing/talking together..the complete opposite of their fractured squabbling opponents)
the clark/brash debate could well be an ‘eyes covered, behind the sofa, trainwreck”
fitzsimons…the greens co-leader never exactly sets the room on fire when she speaks..(but no-one expects that of her now..)
she started off a bit stiff….but warmed up…..she got a couple of good one-liner interjections/rejoinders in..(nailing hide over his weasal words around the carbon tax..te-hee).
and the worm reacted positively to her reasoned clarion calls for action on the environmental issues facing us..(and a somewhat surprising acquiesence/acceptance of the need for that call from the other leaders…as act has affected national..so the greens have done good work in dragging environmental issues centre-stage..)
peters…he had a flat sort of a night..he just seemed to be going through the motions..and the worm reflected this..a general ho-hum at his tired old schtick…(and a good coalition partner..?..forget it..) rating:..3/10
dunne…seemed to once again master the worm with a practised smarmy display of homily..homily..platitude..platitude..cliche..cliche..faux ‘nationalism’…homily..homily..(bah!..stupid fucken worm..)
turia…she was wooden/nervous..the worm dosen’t really matter for her as only 10% of her target audience were ‘worm wielders’…
(measuring maori party support in any accurate way is another glaring limitation of the current polling models..)..rating 5/10..
anderton…sorta sleep-walked through it..
the host…despite some carping in some quarters that he spoke too much..campbell is clearly on top of his game..and did well to keep it all together without stifling it..(though more argy-bargy from the contestants would have been ok..)
so for his role as a competent/friendly gameshow host you’d have to give campbell 8/10..(and note that the mantle has well and truely passed from holmes..)
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