TVNZ’s Cameron Bennett came to the flat on Thursday to interview me for this week’s Sunday programme.
It was a busy time with the laptop chirping with ACT business, so I hope my distractedness wasn’t too obvious.
My job was to rate Labour’s campaign, while Tom Scott will be rating National’s.
Then a panel will be rating our ratings. I understand.
When Cameron asked me to rate Clark’s campaign out of ten, the first word out of my mouth was ‘Two.’ Then for the next take I upgraded her to a six.
My 2/10 was for the way her Slippery John attacks backfired and just made her look like Sleazy Helen.
But taken as a whole, including her surprisingly human performance in the last debate, and strong Labour branding on the ground, I thought a 5 or 6 was fairer.
If I’d been asked, I wouldn’t have ranked the Nats much higher, if at all. I thought the big ad battle was pretty close to a nil-all draw.