TV3s Powerbrokers debate last night saw Marama Davidson, Debbie Ngarewa-Packer, Winston Peters and David Seymour face off in a tense debate that showed just how difficult it will be for David and Winston to work together.
It was easily the best debate to date and the strongest performance by Marama and Debbie in the election so far.
David struggled to outline how his bottom line referendum on the Treaty would work with National and while Winston had some moments, his solutions never sounded reasonable.
For example, his plan to designate all Gang Members as Domestic Terrorists seems like a recipe for a Police State rather than functioning democracy.
Debbie had the line of the night with her ‘Tough on crime, soft on crime’ criticism of ACT and National law and order policy.
When you consider that National want ankle bracelets on 10 year olds, ACT want them in 11 year olds and Labour want them on 12 year olds, Green and TPM law and order solutions are far more rational and focused on solutions than kneejerks.
Marama and Debbie had better answers, better criticisms and better policy than David and Winston, despite David and Winston speaking longer than them!
After a fairly dreary First Leaders Debate, this Powerbrokers debate held hope that there could be genuine transformative change if Labour + Greens + TPM held a 51% majority.
Congratulations to host Rebecca Wright and the Newshub Team.