Vandalised election hoardings are part and parcel of an election campaign, and I have to admit enjoying some of the graffiti (particularly this one). But you have to pity the Labour candidate for Ilam, who had 40 out of 45 signs stolen in a single night in what seems to be a concerted campaign by his opponents to silence him.
There are various responses you can make to this - that its thuggery, an attack on democracy, that it shows the desperation on the right - but I'll go for flippant: those responsible are simply being greedy. Remember guys, one sign each, otherwise there won't be any left for anyone else.
But seriously, if you'd like to help out Mr Blanchard, you can contact him here.