Brian Edwards

It's very hard to draw black and white lines around political interviewing in this country and in these times... but it's easy to get it wrong when you weren't in the room, and that's the trap Msrs Edwards, Ralston and Drinnan have fallen into

I've been sick the past week, so I hope you'll forgive the tardy response. But Brian Edwards, the man who not so long ago declared he would stop blogging, wrote a blog last week about Shane Taurima and his decision to put himself forward for the Labour candidacy in the Rawhiti-Ikaroa by-election. It got under my skin, not least for the observations quoted by other 'media commentators'.

Are New Zealanders, God forbid, losing their appetite for rigorous political interviewing? Confronting questions should be encouraged, especially by those who have made an art of it themselves

Q+A's interview with Greens co-leader Metiria Turei two weekends ago has stirred quite a bit of fuss online and in print, so it only seems right that I should chip in with a viewpoint.

The interview came the week after Sue Bradford had announced her resignation from parliament and the Greens had dipped below 5% in the TVNZ/Colmar Brunton poll.