If we aren't careful, the next couple of days will be a distraction from the real choice facing the country.
The reason the Herald on Sunday should print a transcript between the two Johns is because the public needs to know whether any policy business was transacted.
ACT wants to sell all of New Zealand's SOEs.
With National dipping below elective dictatorship levels of support, they will need a support partner.
They didn't tell the truth about the GST rise which has always been part of the ACT agenda (to move tax off the wealthy and onto the poorest).
There is no reason to believe assurances to the contrary this time on state asset sales.
With National's panicked release of an empty list of 120 sound bites today, the absence of an economic plan by the incumbent government is now proved.
ACT would be ever so happy to fill the vacuum.
So — the issue is what was said. Let's focus on that.
National's obvious desire to pump bellows at the smoke in order to hide the fire shows there might be something embarrassing there.
I doubt it's more than that. I await being proved right or wrong.
In the meantime, let's stay focused on the defining issue of the campaign: whether National/ACT, Key/Brash sell out New Zealand's future, or whether with Labour and the Greens we all own it for ourselves.