Labour should do this with its leadership contenders

After the Democrats were trounced in the 1994 midterms, Barbara A. Bardes and Robert W. Oldenick claimed in their book Public Opinion: Measuring the American Mind, Bill Clinton employed the firm Penn and Schoen to conduct a poll a day dissecting his language, mannerisms and the nuances of his policy proposals. Heading into the 1996 election, on discovering that swing voters preferred outdoorsy vacations, the Clintons decided to summer in Wyoming.

Will New Zealand ever listen to Captain Mumblef*ck? They didn’t for the two years he lead Labour last.

Or vote for a double chinned, bespectacled, cardy wearing civil servant from the set of Gliding On who has his own set of skeletons lurking?  

Or will they ever listen to David Cunliffe?

Our pinko mate Farrar knew when Cunliffe was elected they were rooted as the polling and focus groups said Cunliffe had exceptionally high negatives…none higher is the word.

Labour should do this with their leadership people.

I’ll even offer to take each of the contenders on a hunt and we can video it including some interviews, in order to establish their bloke-i-ness.

Hell we could do it all together…A lodge, hunting, no cellphones, no advisers, just hunting and chatting. I bet it would be a ratings winner, certainly more of a winner than stumping around boring old school halls listening to rabid cloth cap wearing socialists rant about lurching further left.


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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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