The first segment of the TV3 debate ended in a shouting match, the second opened with a request for better behaviour from John Campbell and he got it.
It means that each of the leaders can talk uninterrupted – except by the chair.
I’m too biased to give a fair assessment of John Key’s and Helen Clark’s performances – of course John’s better 🙂
But if the outcome of the election is influenced to any great degree by this then democracy is in trouble.
Update: John Campbell asked what’s the difference between Bill English and Michael Cullen.
Point to Key for answering: “Bill’s got charm.”
Point off Clark for saying he didn’t in 2002.
Update # 2: Point to Key for: “If nine years isn’t enough to do that no amount of time is.”
Update # 3: Linda Clark, Jenni McManus and Jon Johansson have all agreed that Key will be our next PM; and Linda said she thinks it will be decisive enough that the Maori Party won’t hold the balance of power.