This post is part of the 100 Days Project
After an eleven-hour day I cut loose and watched the climate change debate via streaming. I've really been enjoying the town-hall flavour of these events - last night's leader's debate in Christchurch was good as well. You don't get the roar of the crowd when everything's done in a studio. The grassroots flavour of people who give a crap is always very heartening. Democracy is not done yet.
Two things stuck out for me about tonight. The first is that I'm really not as engaged with the substance of political issues at home as I should be. Sam Hayes did a creditable job framing what is a complex debate, especially since it was a freebie on her part, and if she's put in the hard yards on the detail, I certainly can too. Carbon tax vs the emissions trading scheme might be dry but if you don't have an opinion on that stuff you need to get one. And by that I mean *I* need to get one. In fact, thanks to the debate, I have one now. Carbon tax is better, but god knows how we're supposed to switch horses now. Still - staying with something that isn't working is not exactly a recipe for future success. Time to vote Green.
The other thing that no one watching at home could have easily missed was Sam Hayes' very humble self-assessment of her performance off stage at the end. Someone hadn't turned off her radio mic. That sort of slip is fingernails on a blackboard from a professional perspective (who was the technician????), but I could certainly relate. You can take the girl out of the South Island...
See the archived video here if you missed the debate - I learned plenty: