To be seen or not to be seen

Campbell Live wanted to do a series on party leaders at home.

It is the sort of publicity politicians can’t buy and an opportunity to show voters the people behind the politics.

John Key was first up last week.

Peter Dunne and Winston Peters declined to take part.

David Cunliffe was scheduled for Monday evening this week  but he pulled out.

. . . Mr Cunliffe has also cancelled an invitation for a second time to have television cameras in his home for an election year leaders series. Mr Parker says Mr Cunliffe has a young family and a right to privacy. . .

His family does have a right to privacy but if last week’s session at home with the Keys was anything to go by, there would have been no need for the family to be involved.

It is much more likely he doesn’t want people to see he doesn’t live in a modest house, in a modest suburb.

The family was a silly excuse and his decision an error of judgement similar to turning down the invitation for a weekly interview on the Farming Show.

It has been compounded by his not turning up in parliament at Question Time, choosing to address some business leaders instead.

We’re not hearing him on the Farming Show, we’re not see him on TV and we’re not seeing him in the House yet only last week he was complaining because he wasn’t going to be seen enough with the Royals.

Does he want to be seen and heard or doesn’t he?

One Response to To be seen or not to be seen

  1. Andrei says:

    I don’t like the concept behind this.

    I saw John Key’s one and it made me cringe at times – though it did reinforce his likeability and straightforwardness. The Keys come across as nice people, a lovely couple

    And David Cunliffe did agree to do this as has Russel Norman, these agreements being made BEFORE the filming began of the John Key segment.

    But once again he has shot himself in the foot – he should have declined when asked but since he agreed he should have kept his commitment.

    This all goes to reinforce why he would be a terrible Prime Minister.

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