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Who won, who lost in the first television leaders’ debate? I name the biggest loser.

 

Well, I won’t keep you in suspense. It wasn’t Goff. And it wasn’t Key. It was you and me – the voting public. We were conned by Television New Zealand into thinking that for an hour-and-a -half last night the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition would debate the serious issues that confront this country, the channel’s Political Editor, Guyon Espiner, would keep order and, by the end of the 90 minutes, we would all be better informed.

We should have learned from history not to trust that promise. Television New Zealand has never treated the Leaders’ Debates as anything more than an entertainment. Its remit to sell audiences to advertisers, its suspicion that viewers are fundamentally uninterested in politics, its conviction that the attention span of the average television consumer is seven minutes tops and its paranoia about doing anything that might bore that viewer into switching channels, all contribute  to the entertainment ethos that drives the Leaders’ Debates.

‘Debates’ is of course a misnomer. A real debate requires an extensive exchange of views between the parties. Three or four minutes on a topic, some part of that time spent in an undecipherable cacophony of moderator and leaders talking at once, cannot be called a debate. But that is precisely what TVNZ wants and the programme is structured to ensure that result.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Owen Glenn Has A Change Of Heart

At 8.35 PM on Monday September 5 the on-line Herald reported Owen Glenn as having said: “I’ll donate the $100m no matter who wins the election.” The donation to New Zealand youth, which he had announced on Saturday’s The Nation, would no longer be contingent on National/ACT winning the November election. Mr Glenn said his commitment to this country was not politically motivated and he was not trying to influence the outcome of the election through the announcement.

No reason was given in the Herald story for the Monaco billionaire’s change of heart.

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