The TV3 debate

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.

6 Responses to The TV3 debate

  1. pdm says:

    I thought John Key scored a very good point when Campbell mentioned that profits from the `text poll’ were going to Plunket. Key was quick to say that National would be reinstating support for Plunket.

  2. J.R.M. says:

    Key made some good points ,despite interuptions by Clark and Campbell. Itwas not a good debate not good TV Campbell did not make a good job of it Campbell stuttered badly when trying to make apoint or stoking his own ego .Key won by a whisker in my opinion. J.R.M.says:

  3. underground says:

    Why does Clark lose a point for saying English didn’t have charm in ’02. Only 25 per cent of the country thought he did!

    Both leaders were crap, points go to the parties that weren’t there.

  4. homepaddock says:

    Underground – because she responded to wit with a caustic, personal remark.

    She says she has no regrets about her own actions and doesn’t look back but her whole campaign is built on looking back negatively.

  5. stef says:

    Actually I thought the winner of the debate was John Campbell for pointing out the oddity of Clark and Key both wanting credit for the removal of section 59 given how unpopular it was.

  6. homepaddock says:

    Stef – you get a point for that 🙂

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