The Pigeon

December 5th, 2010 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

A new satirical website, The Pigeon.

An example from a week or so ago:

At its recent party conference, the party promised “bold, new” policies before the next election. “Our old policies were printed in rather bland fonts” said Phil Goff, “the citizens of New Zealand deserve better”.

Mr Goff went on to outline a plan to break away from the “Times” font that has characterised Labour policy documents since the 1980s reforms under Lange, to replace it with bold, Times New Roman in all Labour party policy documentation. “We are always looking for new ways to promote diversity, so we might even add in some Courier New, or Comic Sans, just to mix things up a bit,” continued Goff.

Critics of the new font argue that the move is not enough to differentiate Labour and position it as the party of the future. “If you look at Len Brown’s recent campaign, one of the things that set him apart from Banks was his willingness to push the envelope into sans serif fonts, and edgier colour schemes,” said one of the party faithful who asked to remain anonymous. Although others outside the conference building were more optimistic, pointing out that Times New Romans was websafe, bold made its policies look more confident, and that in addition to the font change, Phil Goff had hinted that he might be looking to further update the party’s image among voters by getting a makeover and updating his tie collection.

I’ve added them to my blogroll.

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10 Responses to “The Pigeon”

  1. reid (16,681 comments) says:

    Phil Goff had hinted that he might be looking to further update the party’s image among voters by getting a makeover and updating his tie collection.

    If I was Phil I’d start coming to press conferences dressed like a gladiator. That would change his image very quickly.

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  2. adze (2,130 comments) says:

    Lol, I loved their online poll.

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  3. Fale Andrew Lesa (473 comments) says:

    And if I was Goff I would declare a war against terror on the unions, the party is in itself a union with all the influence brought about by unionists.

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  4. reid (16,681 comments) says:

    “with all the influence brought about by unionists”

    Don’t forget rainbow and the sisterhood Fale. That about sums up the Liarbore Party really. A very narrow cross-section of society made up of angry unionists and angry lesbians (either real ones or angry women who wish they were). Sprinkle with a light covering of well-meaning but on the whole pretty thick regular blokes who were the party’s base for the last century or so and you have the detailed demography of the Liarbore Caucus. And some people apparently think these people should be the govt.

    Oh and let’s not forget the Maori who were there and had been since forever, until Hulun’s reign. Wasn’t that a wise move.

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  5. Johnboy (17,015 comments) says:

    They tried to change the font a while ago and it didn’t fool any of us. :)

    http://www.google.co.nz/images?hl=en&biw=1507&bih=803&q=Helen+Clark+images&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=univ&ei=tB77TPu-Ho2-sAPazMn3DQ&sa=X&oi=image_result_group&ct=title&resnum=1&ved=0CCwQsAQwAA

    Whichever way you looked at it it was still a intercoursingly ugly font. :)

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  6. Johnboy (17,015 comments) says:

    Yep!

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  7. CJD (333 comments) says:

    Way to go Phil! When your policy is usesless, how do you change? You print it in a different font-brilliant! If Phil Goff wants real policy that works I suggest he votes ACT.

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  8. Rick Rowling (816 comments) says:

    Hooray – finally a local Onion.

    /had to AdBlockPlus *congratulations.swf though

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  9. Fletch (6,521 comments) says:

    If you’re at all interested in the design of the Obama 2008 presidential campaign, you can view online or download as a PDF HERE a book called Designing Obama. The physical book costs $79.99 and is quite thick, but the PDF version is FREE. Goes into what fonts they used, who designed the Obama “O”, the HOPE things, etc…

    Although I’m not a fan of Obama, the book itself is beautifully laid out and worth a look at.

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  10. Guy Fawkes (702 comments) says:

    Perhaps ‘Ding Bats’ might make an appropriate statement for the Franchise.

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