I tried to get a Labour face on TV this week to talk about capital gains taxes. I approached Shearer who was in Hokitika and too far away, David Parker in Dunedin and Cunliffe in Auckland.Cunliffe was the easiest to get hold of. But, without naming names, the hoopla I was put through before he was 'allowed' on TV was fascinating. Even Cunliffe was nervous - but keen.It took six hours of negotiating to get him on. It was quite simply, outrageous. It took me one text to get Russel Norman on the telly. It took two phone calls to get the Prime Minister to agree to a one-on-one interview.Labour needs to look at itself. If reporters want to interview Cunliffe - they should be allowed to. I believe Labour is blocking his appearances or at least trying to limit them. Certainly on TV anyway. Although I notice Guyon Espiner exposed Cunliffe in the Listener like few others could do.
Friday, November 2, 2012
3News political editor Duncan Garner blogs of his frustration at getting access to Labour MP's (or one Labour MP in particular); he opines: