The first TV1 debate between John Key and Phil Goff was a disappointment.
There was too much happening with not just the speakers and chair but political commentators giving their views and questions from journalists in the studio and the public via video.
It was neither good entertainment nor good information.
Wednesday’s debate in Christchurch, organised by The Press, was much better. The two party leaders were able to address the audience and respond to each other with few interruptions.
Last night Jim Hopkins chaired the Queenstown Great Debate between finance spokesmen (they were all men) for National, Act, Labour, the Maori and Green Parties.
Like the Press debate, speakers were given the opportunity to express their views with little intervention from the chair.
TV1 will have another debate between the National and Labour Party leaders.
They should learn from the mistakes they made with the first one and the good example of these other two debates: keep it simple and let the debaters debate.