Q+A 21 August 2011

August 20th, 2011 at 11:26 am by Kokila Patel

On Q+A this Sunday… National’s partial state assets sales are shaping to be one of the most contentious issues of this year’s election. So sensitive, National refuses to debate them. ACT and Labour will, however. So live this Sunday with Guyon Espiner, ACT leader Don Brash and Labour’s Finance Spokesman David Cunliffe debate the pros and cons of selling shares in three power companies, a mining company and an airline. What do we stand to gain… and lose? Will we be better off with the cash or the assets?

Then, John Minto is putting aside the placard and megaphone to stand for parliament on behalf of the Mana Party. Thirty years on from the Springbok Tour that made him a polarising national figure, why has he chosen this election to seek office? What does he stand for now? And what are his chances?

Finally, Mark Sedwill was NATO’s civilian boss in Afghanistanand is now Britain’s Special Representative on Afghanistan/Pakistan. He’s in New Zealand next week to brief our government, but will speak to Paul  Holmes via satellite from London. With the fighting season in full swing and casualty rates in the past year at record highs, what’s the plan from here? And what message will he be delivering to theNew Zealand cabinet?

Joining Dr Jon Johansson on the panel will be CTU President Helen Kelly and former National Party President and PR consultant Michelle Boag.

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9 Responses to “Q+A 21 August 2011”

  1. berend (1,690 comments) says:

    National, selling the family silver and borrowing gold, a winning strategy!!!

    PS: I think selling power companies is good, why does the government own power companies in the first place. But why doesn’t sell National schools as well?

    And the biggest problem is of course the borrowing: the crazy Nats are borrowing $380 million a week, or sometimes up to a billion. They’re nuts. They borrow us into another Pacific Island. No strategy, no vision, just lucky to have a salesman that could sell a black car as if it was a white one.

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  2. adamsmith1922 (724 comments) says:

    Another lousy panel

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  3. Inventory2 (9,373 comments) says:

    Brash versus Cunliffe? Phew; I can have a sleep-in after the rugby then, and not miss anything. The 6pm news tomorrow night will be far more interesting.

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  4. adamsmith1922 (724 comments) says:

    I2 you are so right

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  5. Mick Mac (1,091 comments) says:

    its a deal breaker selling strategic assets

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  6. jaba (2,146 comments) says:

    minto and kelly on the same show .. fuck me
    can’t wait to watch Silent T. I love his facial expressions, I wonder if he practises them in front of the mirror.

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  7. reid (16,683 comments) says:

    Joining Dr Jon Johansson on the panel will be CTU President Helen Kelly and former National Party President and PR consultant Michelle Boag.

    How come TVNZ’s premier political show appears to think a “balanced presentation” = one permy screamingly mental lefty + another guest of the same ilk vs. one extraordinarily grounded and sane voice mediated by someone whose skills lie in one on one interviews not in hosting a show?

    Why not get Mike Hoskings on and give him complete freedom to choose his panel?

    Let’s have a Charter on that.

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  8. jaba (2,146 comments) says:

    and never ask Bradford again

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  9. mikenmild (12,340 comments) says:

    For balance, I guess they need a bigger panel – three works quite well. Perhaps they need one lefty, one righty and someone like John Key or Peter Dunne, who specialises in standing in the middle.

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