A narrow victory for Key in tonight’s TV1/Youtube debate.
A forum where he could repeat his tired slogans to his heart’s content suited him. No-one could pull him up on his lies, except Clark who, inexplicably, failed to do so. And when Clark spoke, Key just yelled his lines over the top of her.
That might come back to bite him though. Key didn’t want to repeat Brash’s mistake of appearing to treat Clark softly because she is female. Instead, he let out the nasty side in him, yelling, talking over the top. He seemed disrespectful; ‘I can talk over Helen for the whole debate if you let me Mark – it’s your call’, awful. That won’t play well with women (seems Tories can’t just treat women as they do men).
Clark was, as ever, on top of all the issues raised but failed to expose the lies and emptiness of what Key, whereas he had an attack, however dishonest, for everything she said.
Key failed to lay out that legendary ambitious and positive agenda, instead he was all slogans and the usual negative lines (how many times did he say ‘decade of deficits’?). If the question was ‘who showed they have what it takes to be Prime Minister? Key failed to make the case for himself. But that’s not the question in a debate. Key just had to land as many hits on Clark as possible, and he did that.