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First TV debate between Ardern and Collins avoids being a horror show – The Guardian

Spooky opening gives way to a leaders’ showdown with little drama and lacking in spark



There was high drama at the first televised debate last night between New Zealands prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, and the leader of the oppositionNational party, Judith Collins, when host John Campbell crept out of the darkness and onto the studio floor in the spooky opening seconds. His eyes were bulging. He clutched some kind of weapon in his hands. Campbell has always had an excitable, untamed spirit, and his menacing entrance made him look like Michael Myers from Halloween except in a grey …

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