Who won the final Leaders Debate?


If you didn’t watch it last night, you are the winner.

In what was mostly a dry affair in terms of numbers being bandied about and then hotly refuted by the other, there weren’t any gotcha moment, laugh out loud moments nor any moments of clarity.

Has anyone changed their vote?   I doubt it.  

Did any undecideds come to a clearer point of view?  Based on that performance, I truly hope not.

Although better than the TVNZ Debate, Cunliffe still resorted to talking loudly over Key every time Key got near anything that Cunliffe found he didn’t want people to hear.

Key, like his first performance, was rushing and trying to get his information out.

In the end, it was neither enlightning, entertaining nor political blood sport.

People calling a clear winner one way or another will be seeing what they want reflected, and it is more a signal of their own politics.  Because after a dreadfully dry hour, it was at best a draw.

It was a waste of time as it delivered neither good television nor any clear information that will be helpful to those still making up their minds.

How did you see it?

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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.  And 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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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