Shipley ignores South Island
Prime Minister Jenny
Shipley's decision to avoid leaders' debates in the South
Island is utterly unacceptable, says Labour's campaign
spokesperson and Dunedin North MP Pete Hodgson.
Christchurch Press and the Otago Daily Times gave clear
notice that they planned a leaders debate but in both cases
the Prime Minister alone pulled out.
"The reason is that
Mrs Shipley wants to get through the campaign without
actually having to meet the public. She will run a
hermetically sealed campaign because she is scared of
meeting ordinary New Zealanders on their own turf. She is
behaving like a control freak.
"It is ironic indeed that
as a South Islander Mrs Shipley has scuttled two key
opportunities for public participation in the South
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