Congratulations the Press, Andrew Holden and Tracy Watkins

After many years someone managed to make a debate interesting. The free for all at the end of the debate last night gave the politicians the chance to show their real selves, rather than be stick to their talking points and rehearsed, focused group tested scripts that make debates an insomnia cure.

Tracy Watkins and Andrew Holden deserve credit for their unobtrusive moderating. Maybe it is because they are print people, not show pony TV people, that they did not let their egos get in the way of the leaders telling us what they really thought. Whatever the reason the debate was a great success so thanks Tracy & Andrew.

Lets hope the next few debates give the leaders a chance to talk for themselves. This means moderators who realise they are like rugby refs, if they are noticed they arent doing their job properly.


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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.

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