Terrible, terrible lighting for this live debate between the 4 Labour Party candidates. They all looked grim in a 3/4 full lecture theatre.
Grant was very polished and confident. David was very centre of centre. Andrew Little was surprisingly conservative. Nanaia was on fire.
Grant was a lot stronger than he has looked previously and he clearly feels that he has momentum. He had far better answers to questions that mattered. His chances based on this performance should grow within the membership. He was excellent.
Parker sparked more than he previously has. He is fighting for his CGT and raising retirement policy because it’s directly a reflection upon his credibility. He is very Mr Centre.
Andrew Little seems to be reaching out to National voters before he gets Labour voters to elect him. The leadership voting mathematics work in Little’s favour so he might just be pitching for National voters now. Astoundingly he seemed to acquiesce on warrantless 48 hour surveillance. Not even National voters support that, Little is so confident he’s pitching directly to the National Party front bench? His Party vote prediction of 50% seems extraordinary in an MMP environment. Had the best line to define the new Labour Party ‘no one left behind’. Sleepless in Seattle is his favourite movie. Cough.
Nanaia was the surprise winner of the debate. She was articulate, staunch and stood her ground. She had a lot of audience support and cheering. She brought a gravitas and maturity to the issues that required respect. Members will warm to her with performances like this and she will pick up a lot more of the union vote than is perhaps suspected. Why haven’t we seen more of Nanaia???
How I ranked them:
1st – Nanaia – Unbelievably good performance
2nd – Grant – His chances of winning over members went up.
3rd – David – Stronger than expected performance.
4th – Andrew – Promised little and delivered less.
Politics in 60 seconds is now the funniest satire in NZ. Very funny this week.