Shearer cleans up on Close Up

David Shearer, my pick for Labour leader, cleaned out the other two Davids on Close Up last night.

David Cunliffe came across as creepy and David Parker as nasty. Shearer is looking like the statesman and he will be the one that National wants the least.

The corniest answer to a question came from the do you believe in God question. Shearer was unequivocal, Yes. Cunliffe said yes but added that he was an Anglican…perhaps claiming to be a better kind of Christian. David Parker gave the somewhat creepy answer that he used to be a Presbyterian youth leader but had “no faith” now. Somehow in that one statement David Parker made himself sound like a pedo scout leader and a loser all in one go.

The race is clearly between Cunliffe and Shearer now.

The voting public seem to like Shearer too with a clear victory in the txt poll.


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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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