In the leadup to the election, we thought it a good idea to fire off a few quick questions to all the party leaders. After all, it’s our job to size them up and find out what they think about a few things.
So you’re probably wondering, where are the rest of them: Peter Dunne, John Key, Don Brash, Hone Harawira? We here at Idealog HQ are wondering the exact same thing.
In early November, we got in touch with the media contacts for Labour, Act, United Future, Mana and the Greens. A few days later we also emailed John Key’s press secretary.
We made it easy for them: a reasonably generous deadline, no demands for a face-to-face or phone interview, four simple questions.
There were promises of responses, but only Russel and Phil came through. From the Maori Party, all we got was bounce-back emails. United Future, for some inexplicable reason, seemed to think we were looking for responses post-election.
The final blow came on Tuesday, from Don Brash’s seemingly apologetic EA: “If you haven’t received [a response] now, it seems unlikely with the election only on Saturday that we will.”
Perhaps the Act snub was the most surprising, given that business is our core beat. Then again, we did manage to antagonise Rodney Hide to the point that he unsubscribed from our magazine (what precisely provoked this reaction we do not know).