More unauthorised Labour ads

July 22nd, 2011 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

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I am writ­ing to lay an offi­ical com­plaint about the brochure the Party has recently sent to elec­tors in West Auck­land. I have attached a scan overleaf.

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It was dis­trib­uted on 20 July 2011 in and around the Hen­der­son, Auck­land area.

It does not have an autho­ri­sa­tion state­ment, which I believe is a legal require­ment for any elec­tion advertising.

The Labour party also under­took to dis­con­tinue to send out these types of brochures in a press release of 9 July shortly after the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion referred another brochure to the Police for pros­e­cu­tion. Their spokesman, Grant Robert­son said:

So on 9 July Labour said they’ll stop using unauthorised election advertisements, yet on 20 July they were caught doing exactly that again.

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21 Responses to “More unauthorised Labour ads”

  1. Roflcopter (397 comments) says:

    Fits in with Whale’s youtube clip with Mallard saying “we’ll do anything to steal an election”

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  2. hj (5,674 comments) says:

    Neither does the Rebuilding Canterbury Have Your Say- Survey inside brochure i received today.
    Picture John Key, Gerry Brownlie /Picture more National MP’s/ Picture roger Sutton and GB/ picture GB

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  3. Shazzadude (466 comments) says:

    “More People Without Lives” would’ve made just an apt a heading.

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  4. robcarr (132 comments) says:

    Those pamphlets were mailed out in error for distribution then recalled when the law was clarified as is mentioned in Grant Robertson’s press releases on the original fliers at issue. There was probably just a deliverer who didn’t get the message.

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  5. Bevan (3,965 comments) says:

    Those pamphlets were mailed out in error for distribution then recalled when the law was clarified as is mentioned in Grant Robertson’s press releases on the original fliers at issue. There was probably just a deliverer who didn’t get the message.

    Sucks to be them – still breaks the law.

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  6. Elaycee (4,063 comments) says:

    “…were mailed out in error for distribution…”

    For an outfit wanting to hold the Treasury benches, they sure make a lot of basic mistakes. Labour doesn’t give a hoot about the rules and will go to any lengths in order to try and steal another election.

    Why should we be surprised?

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  7. Pete George (21,798 comments) says:

    There was probably just a deliverer who didn’t get the message.

    At best that’s lax on top of an “error”. And sounds like passing on responsibility to the deliverer for “not getting the message”. Are deliverers contracted to ensure all messages have been received and complied with before they deliver?

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  8. Johnboy (13,342 comments) says:

    Never used to be a Labour thing to blame the workers for the Boss’s incompetence!

    Sigh, how times have changed. :)

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  9. Whaleoil (766 comments) says:

    I got this reply from the Electoral Commission today:

    Dear Mr Slater

    Thank you for your e-mail of 20 July 2011 laying a complaint that a Labour Party flyer was recently distributed to electors in the Henderson area.

    The Electoral Commission is currently considering the complaint and will write to you further once we have concluded our consideration of the matter.

    Yours sincerely

    Kristina Temel
    Electoral Commission

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  10. Nick K (914 comments) says:

    The law of common sense will apply.

    Section 66 of the Common Sense Act 2007.

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  11. wreck1080 (3,522 comments) says:

    talk about a consistent pattern of behaviour.

    Labour, do as we say but not as we do.

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  12. DJP6-25 (1,229 comments) says:

    Cats maiow, dogs bark, socialists lie, cheat, and steal. Nothing new here.

    cheers

    David Prosser

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  13. Inventory2 (9,788 comments) says:

    All I can say to Rob Carr’s comment is this: You’ve got to be kidding!

    Man up Labour (or should that be person-up); take your punishment, and stop blaming the workers. The rot in the Labour Party starts for nearer the top.

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  14. krazykiwi (9,188 comments) says:

    robcarr – riiiight …! someone didn’t get the memo. the dog ate it. the cheques in the mail. no you don’t look fat in those etc.

    Labour is an integrity free zone, and its current batch of aged, braying acolytes should never be permitted to darken the cabinet room doorway.

    @IV2 – snap!

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  15. Fisiani (851 comments) says:

    Labour know that they will never be prosecuted by the Police or fined by the Electoral Commission no matter what they do. They believe in doing whatever they like in order to try to win. Most of their illegelity, as always, will take place in the final weeks of the campaign when it is too late to stop it. As Chris Trotter sais “The end justifies the means.”
    They believe that the public are deluded and that the Labour Party can promise to borrow and tax and ignore the rise in interest rates that would follow. Every voter with a mortgage would pay far more under Labour.

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  16. IHStewart (388 comments) says:

    Actually I don’t think there is any intentional wrong doing, in fact I would go so far as to say I would be encouraged if I thought that was the case because it would at least show intent rather than incompetence. Unfortunatly for us on the centre left there is no Mike Moore / Don Brash to step in and save us from electoral anilation as an election looms.

    Chris Trotter atempts to steady the left ship here.

    http://bowalleyroad.blogspot.com/2011/07/poll-axed.html#comments

    The problem is that as a guy who has backed Labour and has always voted Labour ( me ) despite Prebble / Douglas and TINA idiots has lost faith with the current leadership, the inability to get small thing right like adverts. Trust me I know the advertising rules well and have placed thousands of adverts including political adverts. It isn’t fucking rocket science it is reading the rules and then reading them again and again and again until you can repeat them at will. I actually write down changes a few times by hand to make sure it sinks in.

    Advise to Labour

    DON’T RELEASE ANOTHER ADVERT until a person like me has looked at it. Harvey should have them.

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  17. Inventory2 (9,788 comments) says:

    @ Fisiani; don’t make that assumption. A new broom has swept through Police NHQ, and the hoary chestnut of “not in the public interest to prosecute” might well hace gone out the window.

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  18. Johnboy (13,342 comments) says:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howards_End

    Your post brought this to mind IV2. This Helen got preggers though! :)

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  19. dc (173 comments) says:

    hj Says: Neither does the Rebuilding Canterbury Have Your Say- Survey inside brochure i received today.
    Picture John Key, Gerry Brownlie /Picture more National MP’s/ Picture roger Sutton and GB/ picture GB

    Yes it does, on the inside across the bottom of the page. It’s a pretty blatant election ad, but at least it follows the rules.

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  20. Inky_the_Red (718 comments) says:

    dc

    The brochure Nicky Wagner today may have the disclosure. However it was designed to look like it came from CERA.

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  21. burt (7,085 comments) says:

    inky_the_red

    So sit down, take a few deep breaths and try saying this; Others weren’t doing it too… The rules weren’t confusing… The ref didn’t change the rules…

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