I was really pissed off when I realised I would be overseas on the day of Victoria University’s campiagn review conference. They hold one after every election and they are superb forums at which each party speaks surprisngly bluntly about what they did, what worked, what didn’t etc, plus contributions from some journalists and academics.
I should have asked Vic to web-cast it! They do publish a booklet of the day’s main speeches, so I will buy that at least.
In the best traditions of the conference, the NZ First contribution was very blunt and honest according to NZ Herald reports. Peters is seriously criticised for going dirty and negative on Bob Clarkson, as they beleive it hurt their nation-wide vote. MP Brian Donnelly also is quoted as saying “Winston has to find a way of sorting out a truce with the media, simply because we can’t go on with a Minister of Foreign Affairs in constant battle with the media.” Hope Brian doesn’t get charged with treason also!