John Campbell was once an Alliance voter.
He was famously called a ‘little creep’ by Helen Clark over his Corngate ambush interview.
But now it seems the bad blood between Campbell and his lefty mates has been put to rest, with TV3 running a Labour Party ad in prime time, under the guise of the latest Campbell Live trailer. If there was ever a reason for Government Ministers not to front on his partisan little show, this is it.
Five of the seven topics mentioned in this advertisement are issues the Opposition is actively campaigning on. Campbell even promotes the Labour Party’s asset sales stunt from the last election campaign. If this had a Labour logo on it, you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s a party political broadcast. The first time I saw it I thought it was!
1 – Hungry kids – John Campbell has lent his name to David Shearer’s campaign to expand the ‘Food In Schools programme’ (which John Key actually kick started).
2 – Jobs
3 – Home Affordability
4 – Asset Sales
5 – Are we Green enough?
6 – Urban Planning
7 – Driving Dogs – paid ad for Mini?
What’s clear from this is that any Government Minister hoping to get a fair hearing from Campbell Live needs their head read. Looks like the Nats have a new opponent to fill the void left by the current Opposition rabble.