Update: Good news for Ardern going in to the debate. TVNZ Colmar Brunton poll puts Labour ahead of National 43% to 41%, and Ardern ahead of English for preferred PM – Labour rockets ahead of National in stunning Colmar Brunton Poll result.
The first debate between Jacinda Ardern and Bill English is tonight:
Tonight’s debate will be televised on TVNZ1 from 7pm and streamed live on 1 NEWS NOW from 7pm.
TVNZ / Colmar Brunton poll comes out an hour earlier.
So far the main coverage has been about Ardern’s perfect shutdown of Hosking’s stupid question this morning.
Nat spinsters are busy trying to talk down English’s chances. We won’t bother doing the same for Ardern, the debate will be what it will be.
Check out The Spinoff’s handy guide to debates.
— New Zealand Labour (@nzlabour) August 31, 2017
Spinning for the Nats:
— Libertas Digital (@LibertasNZ) August 30, 2017
Based on the fact that 90% of the pundits said David Cunliffe beat John Key in the 1st 2014 debate, I predict similar declarations tonight
— David Farrar (@dpfdpf) August 31, 2017
— Clint Smith (@ClintVSmith) August 31, 2017
Don't forget: At 7pm, we'll be live-tweeting tonight's head-to-head clash between Labour's Jacinda Ardern and National's Mike Hosking.
— The Civilian (@TheCivilianNZ) August 30, 2017
Getting in early!
Jacinda clearly won tonight's debate.
— Imperator Fish (@ImperatorFish) August 31, 2017
— 1 NEWS (@1NewsNZ) August 30, 2017
The appropriate response:
Bit over Mike Hoskings 'outfit' question? No problem. Free speech! Just join the exodus that's going over to Morning Report & RNZ pic.twitter.com/im5fsbOY3t
— wallacechapman (@wallacelchapman) August 31, 2017