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July 26, 2005

TV Debates

Election 2005

TV3 have announced they will only have the six top polling leaders take part in their leader's debate.

Frog suggests a less arbitary method of determining who is invited and excluded, and I tend to agree. Exlcuding a party which may only be 0.2% less than another party is silly, and TV3 should reconsider.

Posted by David P. Farrar at July 26, 2005 11:38 AM | TrackBack

Must we have this wretched debate at all?It is really just a blood sport and hardly informative at all.If we must endure it,PLEASE...NO WORM!!!

Posted by: mara at July 26, 2005 02:08 PM

Yeah... the worm sucks chunks.

Or at the very least, keep Peter Dunne away from it.

Posted by: llew at July 26, 2005 02:30 PM

why keep Peter Dunne away from it? Are you scared of someone who speaks well, makes sense and keeps the government to it's word? Are you aware how much that is good has come from UFNZ this term?

Posted by: bms at July 26, 2005 09:18 PM

Maybe I should have put a smiley at the end there. it was really a joke. Mr Dunne, is truly innoffensive.

Although I wasn't joking about the worm sucking.

Posted by: llew at July 27, 2005 09:01 AM

And exactly what method is less arbitrary than the top polling. Ranking your people this way is fair and democratic since drawing them out of a hat is absurd and adding one extra to include Rodney Hide is pandering ( although if it was a reality series Hide would be first pick).
The worm is great since we need some sort of audience response to various statements, polls are very unspecific , plus its better than a talking heads only follow up to the leaders debate.
As for worrying about 0.2% cutting you out of the leaders debate, it does the same for getting seats in parliament too.
Ask Al Gore about a couple of 100 votes which kept him from the White house

Posted by: russ at July 27, 2005 11:23 AM

TV3- limiting democracy since 2005.
From my perspective, a major party (Lab/Nat) debate should be held, alongside a minor party (anyone in Parliament or polling on 1 or 2%).
The big unknown here is Destiny, could they get a look in?

Posted by: Greg Stephens at July 27, 2005 07:50 PM

Yeah this is pretty bloody disgraceful
What the crap is the difference between 6 and 8 people on stage??
Just squeeze two more in for gods sake.
I think all parties with current parliamentary representation should be invited to the debate myself.
If you please you could also have a head to head Clark vs don and also a minor party debate without these two

O Greg on the subject of the new McGillicuddy Serious Party also known as DestinyNZ I direct you to this link,,11981-4607308,00.html
If they’ve been left off the “marae” tv debates then surely they will be off the main debates

Posted by: Peter F at July 27, 2005 09:40 PM
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