Given the current state of the country, the election campaign has so far been disappointing.

First, I’m over the petty stuff already. One party launches a pledge card with eight pledges. A week later the other party launches their own, with nine pledges. Really? Who is advising these people?

Then there are the attack ads. In my view, the trade union advertisement attacking the National Party leader is an unfortunate step for our democracy. The ad and the comments made are disrespectful and irrelevant. I’d say the same thing if some right-wing support group targeted the Labour Party leader in a similar way. It stoops too low.

To those organisations supporting the centre-right, my plea is simple: don’t respond to that stuff.