3rd Degree and their monthly ridiculously described “competitive current affairs” show The Vote is painful viewing. The initial concept of debating the big issues for New Zealand sounded promising but in reality it’s become nothing more than ranting about what are effectively non-issues. Couple that with the fact that there is no call to action to enforce any real change, The Vote amounts to nothing more than a load of hot air.
I was appalled when it was announced that the latest debate was going to be on whether or not Auckland is sucking the life out of New Zealand. Even more so when their panel included a comedian and an actor. While Urzila Carlson and Oliver Driver may have valuable input, with respect, they are hardly the credible voices you’d want if you were actually having a serious debate.
The results of their ridiculous and unscientific poll were highly unsurprising. In the studio, 80% of the audience thought Auckland wasn’t sucking the life out of the country. Clearly the audience wasn’t weighted with out-of-towners. The overall result from their unscientific poll was the exact opposite though with 73% of voters saying the life of the country was being sucked out of it by our largest city. Again, hardly surprising.
The least this show could do would be to conduct some real research and then debate the results. Continue reading »