Miliband was damaged by much out of his control
Maybe so, but he was also damaged by much that was well within his control. The ‘from memory’ keynote speech, the ‘Edstone’… On a visit to the UK last year I was shocked by how underwhelming, how unready for government Miliband and Balls appeared to be, and I think that in those circumstances, the swing votes tend to fall to the incumbents.
I think a great deal of both Elections was about personality politics.
Without John Key, National have a rather unappealing and probably unelectable front bench. Labour I think have yet to find Key's match, and National may struggle with a leader who elicits less public affection, as baffling as that affection may be to some of us.
In the UK, Milliband and Balls were a comedy act. All Cameron really had to do was keep his nerve and not drop the ball, and in that sense it was 1992 redux. How Cameron will emerge from the corner into which he has now painted himself remains to be seen...
Russell Brand, influential prat
It is actually a hard choice - on my trip back to the UK last year, I found Milliband and Balls to be deeply underwhelming. The British electorate may well vote for the Devils they already know, like they did in 1992. But it really is too close to call, and too chaotic to predict. Even Nate Silver has said it's basically too hard.
The FPTP system in the UK is so clearly in need of overhaul, but it's hard to see that happening. Their overseas voting is in disarray also, it would anecdotally seem... I'm too long gone to still have a vote their, but my more recently arrived mother received her voting papers on Tuesday this week. To be snail-mailed back. I voted with my cellphone from the USA in the NZ election last year, which was pretty impressive. Not that it did any good, mind...
What we actually need is a proper public broadcaster. Until then it’s hardly reasonable to demand that a business make bad commercial decisions just because we like the idea of something.
If Campbell Live does go off air I sincerely hope John gets to ply his craft elsewhere, but the problem is that without that public interest broadcaster there isn’t an obviously place to put the show.
Well yes and yes again.
I think what you're saying is quite true, and as a result I feel that NZ is buggered in this respect.
Well, this is the actual question isn’t it? (At least as far as the ‘dinosaur thinking’ of Mediaworks goes.)
The “dinosaur thinking” thing is silly. Viewers are their product. They sell viewers to advertisers – that is their revenue model.
Yep, I totally get that. The problem to my mind is that we have put ourselves in a place where only $ and hence only ratings count.
I guess CL is actually being lamented as a (the?) last bastion of high-profile public service television in a country that has largely given up on such an endeavour.
Serious question: who here regularly watches Campbell Live?
Well, this is the actual question isn’t it? (At least as far as the 'dinosaur thinking' of Mediaworks goes.)
I have to say that I don’t. My news diet these days is Morning Report, then a flick through the Herald and Stuff websites, then the Guardian and the New York Times… Broadcast TV doesn’t really feature.
I've not long returned from the US, where there are of course very many channels of crap constantly available, but one source of light (as opposed to heat) can be found in the form of PBS - public-good television, based (as I understand it) on a subscriber and sponsorship model. When I finally got my Freeview working (Russell you were right - the aerial was bung!) I was again depressed to revisit the spots where TVNZ6&7 used to be, now occupied by those ridiculous +1 channels. Equally depressing is the fact that although we can find Freeview space for three shopping channels, three Chinese-language channels, and one Indian-language channel, we're not able to support anything that looks like national public service broadcasting, Add to this the (surely?) last-gasp patch protectionism by Mediaworks, TVNZ, Sky et. al. re: 'global mode' streaming services, and it seems to me that the future of the Campbell Lives of this world may indeed be in some kind of streaming service... or maybe on Maori Television?
I find it hard to feel sorry for people like the Tamakis. They may do some good to some people, but their eye seems firmly fixed on the bottom line.
If resetting and auto-tuning didn’t work, it may be that your aerial is bung.
Well, maybe... It picks up the shopping channels just fine, though.
A fairy tale script that would look like a cliché if you wrote it down.
The final will be no trouble now, eh?
(Sadly I was reduced to following it on a ball-by-ball text feed on the internet. I've recently got back from a year in the US, and last night I finally had motivation to set up the TV... only to find Prime (along with Maori TV, RNZ...) sadly absent from my Freeview. After a frantic series of factory resets and autotuning attempts I gave up and sat with my laptop clicking Reload Current Page. Note to self: be better prepared for next moment of national sporting pride. Anyone got any suggestions about the telly?)