Good debate so far, addressing the issues and the policies, rather than the politics, which the other two debates have been focused on. From looking at Key so far it seems he might drop the lies.
oops. spoke too soon.
Key: People are leaving for Australia in absolutely record numbers
Lie. For the third time in three debates, Key tells this lie. The number of people leaving is within historic norms and we get more immigrants than we lose emigrants.
This is the best debate so far. Clark, especially is putting on the best performance so far.
Key sounds like he’s losing his voice like he did during the adjournment debate.
Key: Sheep and cows are indigenous
Did Key just say that you deliver welfare on a case by case basis? Good God, the Government cannot be dishing out money to people in that way. The Government has to try to give the best value it can with the resources it has but it must do that within a rules-based system, not individual decisions for individual situations. Anything else is an invitation to injustice and nepotism. I don’t think Key meant what he said, but that’s half the problem, so many of the things that come out of his mouth are not thought through.
I have to say I’m impressed that Key has dropped the lies. The lies won him the first debate and dropping them has defanged him – I think this is clearly Clark’s debate – but at least he has been more honest.
The questions have probably lead to a better debate. Deeper questions on unsual topics have forced Key off his pre-prepared lines, and we are seeing genuine answers from both of them for once. The result, of course, is that Key just doesn’t stand up to Clark who is not only more deeply principled but more knowledgable. Clark’s softer approach is coming across well, we’re seeing the person behind the Prime Minister.
Politics of envy? I don’t think people vote to ‘send a stong signal’, they vote for a government to do the job.