A thought before the debate starts: why have it today which is towards the end of Tuesday November 4th – election day – in the USA and Wednesday November 5th – Guy Fawkes day – here?
Update # 1: Mark Sainsbury’s tie is purple which is what you get if you mix blue and red.
Both John Key and Helen Clark are diplomatic and positive about Obama’s success.
Update #2: Key gets a point for getting across the message Labour knew about the deficits long before the PREFU and still wants a blank cheque while National has known about the economic situation for a shorter time but all policies are costed.
Updtae # 3: Clark has the climate change rhetoric, Key is more realistic.
Update # 4: Breaking for ads just as discussion is warming up is frustrating.
Update # 5: What’s normal for one isn’t necessarily normal for everyone. Clark, in answering a question about tobacco, said she’d had a puff as a teenager as everyone does. I didn’t several of my friends didn’t and Key said he didn’t either.
Update # 6: When the discussion got on to pot Clark repeated what she’d said to Paul Holmes,” I was a student in the 60s.” I take it that means yes. Auckland in the 60s was obviously different from Otago in the 70s where and when I was a student.
Update # 7: Have they ever broken the law? Key drove his car on a carless day. Clark admitted to a couple of speeding tickets. No mention of art fraud or pledge cards.
Update # 8: Clark really struggled to answer the question about changing her mind. Key explained it well and gave two examples – Kiwibank and Maori TV.
Update # 9: Key gets a point for explaining that it’s wealthy countries which do better with the environment.
Update # 10: Key got a laugh (I think the only one of the evening) for the story about the little boy who said he knew who he was – Helen Clark’s boyfriend.
Update # 11: Final comment: Clark has a plan – but no costs and still wants that blank cheque. It was all about the government. Key spoke from the heart and about you eg . . . it will show that you care about . . .
She had rehearsed lines. He wasn’t quite word perfect but had passion and conviction . Should I point out in case you hadn’t noticed that I’m a wee bit biased? 🙂