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Gone By Luncthime: Mervmania hits the 2020 election campaign

Summer reissue: Merv Lee-Mather, Merv Thomas and Merv Manhire gather to discuss the most pressing issues of election 2020.

First published August 11, 2020.

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With 39 days to go until New Zealand goes to the polls, talkback caller “Merv” has lit up the election campaign, delivering a deeply unmellow curtain-raiser to the National Party’s Auckland Central candidate selection. That’s top of the agenda for this week’s Gone By Lunchtime, which also includes:

  • Just how rapturous was the Labour Party launch at the Auckland Town Hall?
  • Did National Party board member Roger Bridge put on a voice, call himself “Merv”, and phone up Newstalk ZB to sow disharmony in the Auckland Central selection process?
  • Is Emma Mellow going to beat Helen White and Chlöe Swarbrick to win Auckland Central?
  • Will Labour take the plunge this week and push up the top tax rate?
  • If Labour has called it a “Covid election”, what kind of election will Judith Collins christen at this weekend’s National launch?
  • What is Gerry Brownlee doing?
  • Does the dire poll result for Shane Jones in Northland sound the death knell for New Zealand First?

All this, and more, on Merv By Lunchtime.

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