FROM THE NEWS DESK

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I’ve staged a coup and taken hold of the news desk this week.

And speak­ing of coups, wel­come to Po­lit­i­cal Re­al­ity TV; this year’s elec­tion lead-up has all the hall­marks of a Tru­man Show/ Hunger Games mash-up, and there could be some punch ups and shoot­ing ar­rows too.

The re­cent furore over Gareth Mor­gan’s ‘‘lip­stick on a pig’’ com­ment has opened up some ques­tions about the elec­tion process, and made me won­der if this whole thing is just based on can­di­dates hav­ing charisma, charm and per­son­al­ity.

Love him or hate him John Key had it, Jac­inta has def­i­nitely got it – Bill? Hmmm, not so much, but he is try­ing. The par­ties are go­ing tit for tat with their pol­icy prom­ises, up­ping the stakes at ev­ery turn.

I feel a change is com­ing, and with the amount of pun­ters turn­ing up to see the new Labour leader in Dunedin, it’s look­ing more and more that Bill English will have to up his game to stay in the race.

It’s go­ing to be an in­ter­est­ing few weeks.

Rachel Har­ri­son

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