Referendum Caption Contest

July 13th, 2010 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

from the Put to the Vote Campaign is running a .

Submit your caption or captions (you can use one or both blank spaces) either as a comment on this post, or by e-mail to Peter.

The winning entry (as judged by Peter) will win a bottle of quality Champagne or an iPod Nano – you decide.

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29 Responses to “Referendum Caption Contest”

  1. Danyl Mclauchlan (1,065 comments) says:

    List MP: ‘Do either of you know a good cartoonist who knows what the word ‘unelected’ means?’

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  2. Jibbering Gibbon (200 comments) says:

    Over-worked since 1996, Kevin knew the life expectancy of his kind was only 20 years.

    *text for speech bubble*

    “Keep going! you’re almost there!”

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  3. dad4justice (7,776 comments) says:

    “How can that poor struggling kiwi have so many parasitic pollie nits on its back?”

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  4. Pita (367 comments) says:

    Spectator: “If that Kiwi could only lift it a little higher he could tip all the F*****s out”

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  5. Gosman (335 comments) says:

    That has got to be one of the worst political cartoons I have seen in quite a while.

    What’s with the two guys at the bottom right? They look like a bad facsimile of the Socialist representation of workers.

    Doe Peter Shirtcliffe actually think this cartoon is going to influence people to support his position?

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  6. lyndon (330 comments) says:

    Spectator: See that, boy? That’s what happens if don’t you come up with your joke before you start drawing the cartoon.

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  7. lyndon (330 comments) says:

    All (in simultaneous monotone): We must plan an electoral referendum with regard to speed rather than proper decision-making processes. It is good!

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  8. YesWeDid (1,029 comments) says:

    How about:

    ‘The system may not be perfect but it is a damn sight better than any other system’

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  9. Kiwi Poll Guy (22 comments) says:

    If Mr. Shirtcliffe is so upset by the concept of “unelected” list MPs, then why does he support the SM option as an alternative?

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  10. RRM (9,463 comments) says:

    LOL at “Unelected list MPs.” Does Peter Shirtcliffe know what his party vote is for?

    What a ridiculous smear campaign, MMP and “Too Many MPs” are separate issues.

    SPEECH BUBBLE:

    I’m gonna crush boy racer cars yo!
    I’m gonna ban smoking in jail!
    I’m getting tough on crime!
    Somebody, please, take me seriously!
    Anybody?

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  11. Murray (8,838 comments) says:

    Danyl if you want to know what unelected means ask Russell Norman.

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  12. Manolo (13,372 comments) says:

    One road worker to the other: do we have enough rat poison?

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  13. AG (1,783 comments) says:

    The workers: “If I vote to keep MMP in 2011, I can save that poor Kiwi a lot of trouble. So I’ll just do that.”

    The “unelected” MP: “Why is your kite pointing in a different direction to the other one? It’s almost as if someone with no talent whatsoever drew this abomination unto the art of cartooning.”

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  14. Put it away (2,888 comments) says:

    Unelected MPs: “What’s this peak called again? Eyjafjallaj√∂kull ? Never heard of it.”

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  15. underscore_b (14 comments) says:

    “Whoops, I forgot to tell a joke!”

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  16. underscore_b (14 comments) says:

    I might have misunderstood, but is it saying the anti-MMP campaign is long, crooked, shrouded in darkness and apparently about to collapse?

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  17. lyndon (330 comments) says:

    Oh, okay then…

    Worker: She’s a hard road finding the perfect electoral system, but.

    MP: Still – not hurry, eh?

    I’ll take the champagne, or I’ll have it in pieces of silver if that’s more convenient.

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  18. RKBee (1,344 comments) says:

    SPEECH BUBBLE Top.. There’s room for more MPs..
    SPEECH BUBBLE Bottom.. Do you think well make it too 2017 before the bottom falls out..

    SPEECH BUBBLE Top.. Party Party Party.
    SPEECH BUBBLE Bottom.. If we unclip the back end the list MPs will be the first to go..

    SPEECH BUBBLE Top.. Help MP overboard..
    SPEECH BUBBLE Bottom.. The split looks about right..

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  19. Short Shriveled and Slightly to the Left (762 comments) says:

    “She can’t take much more of this captain!”
    “We need a push, which of you List MPs want to push?…….. anyone?”

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  20. Pita (367 comments) says:

    Either: “I thought the gravy-train would have more than one carriage”

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  21. Pita (367 comments) says:

    Unelected: I think we’ve got too much of a list
    Spectator: A list? Looks like you’re about to capsize!

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  22. Rex Widerstrom (5,261 comments) says:

    Gosman opines:

    That has got to be one of the worst political cartoons I have seen in quite a while.

    Me too. A good cartoon needs no speech bubbles to make it intelligible. With this one, no amtetr what you wrote in the blanks it’d still be a case of “WTF?”. Just awful.

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  23. southtop (262 comments) says:

    Top Bubble: that kiwi will be ok, pledge cards and credit cards aren’t that heavy.
    Observers: looks like we’ve found the ideal target for a 1080 drop to save the kiwi!

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  24. RRM (9,463 comments) says:

    NARROW WINDING ROAD AHEAD.
    NOT SUITABLE FOR LONG VEHICLES OR ROOFLESS KIWI-DRAWN MOBILE PARLIAMENTS.

    No, flag it, it’s a stupid cartoon. I usually get at least a couple of chuckles from these caption contests, but this fails hard.

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  25. Johnboy (14,998 comments) says:

    52:

    Hoi you two. Give us a push, can’t you see that the lazy Kiwi is slacking?

    Workmen:

    I’m sorry son that I ever unearthed them in 93.
    If you dig quickly enough we might get the lot buried before we run out of Kiwi’s

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  26. RWood (18 comments) says:

    The cartoon is pathetic – just as is Shi*tcliffe himself. Wouldn’t he just love a return to the days of gerrymandering, and elections where the popular vote was not reflected in the party proportions in parliament makeup, let alone the overall election result.

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  27. Jack5 (4,591 comments) says:

    I hope Shirtcliffe doesn’t take the lead role in the campaign this time.

    He was well meaning in the original campaign against MMP, but IMHO as Mr Big Business of NZ at the time, Shirtcliffe led many people to assume Big Business was the pposition to MMP, and this stimulated bugger-you support for MMP.

    Let Shirtcliffe run the campaign and manage it with his undoubted skill, but find some feisty Laws type to front the opposition.

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  28. toad (3,669 comments) says:

    @Jack5

    …but find some feisty Laws type to front the opposition.

    Lhaws was actually a member of the Electoral Reform Coalition that campaigned for MMP – about the only decent thing he has done in his otherwise malevolent political life.

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  29. wikiriwhis business (3,883 comments) says:

    The major point i see in the MMP referendum argument is that Phil Goff as justice minister didn’t want a review of capital punishment as the people decided in the fifties to do away with it.

    Now the govt wants a review of MMP after only a not even a couple of decades.

    Methinks the govt agenda is not the peoples…..as usual.

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