I didn’t even know until watching the Campbell Live story that David Cunliffe and Roger Douglas will be in the debate too. They’re not even mentioned in the invite. But English is and there’s a picture of him. In fact, he’s portrayed alongside Guyon in the same pose – like they’re both trusted news sources.
Then there’s the subtext of the whole ‘debate’. It’s Cunliffe (who’s pretty damn centrist) respresenting the Left, Douglas the most economically right-wing MP representing the Right, and English with his mate Guyon the calm voices in the centre. The Greens don’t even get a look in, despite having more seats than ACT.
This whole things has clearly been cooked up by the pro-National leadership at TVNZ (and Guyon is openly pro-National when he doesn’t think anyone but Tories is listening) in cooperation with English. It stinks.
Anyway, the invite doesn’t say how many people we can take, so consider yourselves all invited as part of The Standard‘s party and go along. If you’re not going to get news from the bastards, you may as well have a free breakfast.