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I’m not going to argue like someone else yesterday, DG, who thought the vandalism was democracy at work, but a little humour goes a long way. Billboards are always going to be vandalised, so some nice touches may be the silver lining to that cloud.
As someone else who’s stood for Parliament, David Garrett, what’s your view on the effectiveness of roadside corflute signs?
I had them thrust upon me since Winston wanted his visage splashed across the country, but had it not been for that I wouldn’t have bothered.
Has anyone, ever, seen someone’s mug nailed to a couple of bits of reject timber and gone “Yep, I’ll change my vote… I like his tie”? Or his slogan, or his logo, or whatever else can be fit on one?
They’re an eyesore and an anachronism in a digital age and creative appropriation for a bit of impromptu art (not idiot tagging or pulling them down) improves the landscape, IMO.
The candidates’ names and party affiliations are on the ballot paper, so it’s not like voters need aides memoire in the booth, and either a candidate is well known enough that people already know what he or she looks like, or obscure enough that the fact they’ve got a lovely middle parting doesn’t matter one way or another.
It do, however, think that lawn signs (those in people’s front yards or nailed to their fences) are different. Especially for a small party, they have the implicit message that a lot of your neighbours intend to support ACT or NZF or IMP etc., so therefore your vote won’t be wasted. But stuck in a paddock alongside a state highway?
Note how the no TTPA is a stencil. This shows there is a concerted campaign to vandalise National hoardings. Every National hoarding in Karori was damaged or stolen over the weekend. This is not a bit of fun. This is an organised campaign to silence the National Party
Rex: I honestly don’t know…but how can you ever work out exactly why any voter decided to vote as s/he did? You can ask them of course but like you, I would doubt that “I saw a good billboard for that party” would be a common answer.
Having said that, I thought Ansell’s “kiwi not iwi” and related billboards were absolutely brilliant…I may have even given the Nats rather than ACT my party vote that year, I cant remember now..
And re the small signs in peoples’ front yards…I would agree with you there I think…it certainly tells me “there lives a Nat/ACT/Labour supporter…But speaking of “corflute” boards – derived from oil – did anyone find out whether the Greens’ boards are made of the same substance? surely not….or perhaps they planted 10,000 trees as penance to Gaia…
I live in a suburb of Tauranga. Not far from me on our main suburban road there is a line of hoardings covering most parties and not one has been attacked. I might be speaking too soon but perhaps the local hoons are too apathetic about politics to bother vandalising them. Perhaps we have a better class of hoon.
This is basically a Whaleoil beatup. Generally the signs of an incumbant govt will be vandalised, as bad as that is, it is hardly a new phenomenon. Amazing how people forget all the Clark Fuhrer ones …
mara – I’m going to defend myself with ‘temporary IQ dip insanity’ to explain my outburst of laughter after the noggin connected the dots that it was processing the image of the iconic dreaded killing machine sent back in time.
So what year in the future is the PM really from ?
I think that all these hoarding are just eyesores, they are knocked down and defaced and left like that, so obviously the people that erect them are not overly concerned about them. I think we would be better of without them or restrict them to the last week of polling therefore limiting the damage they sustain and rubbish they become.
I was terribly tempted to vandalise a Labour hoarding I walk past every day to and from work. Then I looked at the pic of the Labour candidate who appears to be a man dressed as a child in a Specsavers advert (my electorate is Ilam so it’s a blogger and activist instead of someone people would actually vote for as there’s no chance of beating Gerry) and then I looked at the angry looking children and confused looking ‘father’ in the party vote ‘positive’ bit and I realised that the hoarding was already vandalised by Labour beyond anything I could do to it.