Political parties set to invade your digital world in the lead up to September’s election.
With the entire spectacle broadcast live on the state-owned radio and television networks political leaders truly earned the right to rule us in those far-off days before auto-cues – headset microphones and carefully screened audiences waving pre-printed party placards in front of the cameras.
None more so that the revered Labour leader Michael Joseph Savage – who barnstormed the country in 1938.
Diagnosed with colon cancer Savage disregarded the advice of his doctors to conserve his strength and hit the campaign trail.
Faced with near-universal press hostility he knew he would have to sell his party’s ground-breaking Social Security legislation face-to-face.
Town halls could not contain the crowds that gathered to hear him.
Labour stalwarts in Dunedin recalled wonderingly the rain-swept afternoon that Savage spoke to an audience of 20,000 at Carisbrook.
It wasn’t even his largest.