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12 days ago I posted a video and wished out loud that someone in Labour would speak plain like  Elizabeth Warren. Last night Rajen Prasad made a feeble attempt and today John Pagani re-posted the speech.

It is a great speech that would have most sensible people at least considering her argument rather than switching off like they do to Goff.

That’s the problem with modern MMP era poll and focus group driven politics, it is so bland that it is easy to ignore. It is a rare politician who is willing to put forward an argument based on principles, and who also manages to make sense of the principles in a way that appeals to voters.

Elizabeth Warren is going to be attacked for being a harvard elite in her race against Scott Brown – if she wins the nomination. This should not stop her putting forward her arguments. Politics needs good people who want to contest important ideas on both sides of the political spectrum, and Elizabeth Warren appears to be a lot better than the average politician. She may be on the opposite side of the spectrum to this blog but she still can be respected and admired.

I expect Labour’s best thinker on language, Clare Curran, will be paying careful attention to Warren’s campaign, and we will see some of Warren’s messages in Labour’s next election campaign. For the good of New Zealand it is important that Labour promote Clare and get rid of Trevor Mallard from any strategic capacity after his total failure to achieve anything in the past three years.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

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