Wednesday, August 31, 2005


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.


Both links go to the scoop post on the stolen signs. Wasn't there supposed to be a graffiti one there too?

Posted by Weekend_Viking : 8/31/2005 12:45:00 PM

Bollocks. Fixed.

Posted by Idiot/Savant : 8/31/2005 12:49:00 PM

*sigh* I don't know if we're just nicer people on the North Shore, or the site tend to be visible from nearby homes, but this shit just doesn't seem to be happening around here.

To be thoroughly bipartisan, people who do this are not only scum - but if it's that extensive you got to be trespassing on people's homes. Not good enough.

Posted by Craig Ranapia : 9/01/2005 08:36:00 AM

BTW, Idiot, nice attitude - because sometimes you've got to laugh or you'd be crying all the time. Still, as the PR points out, a lot of people work damn hard fundraising to pay for the things - and also give up their spare time scouting locations, errecting them etc.

And folks wonder why active membership in political parties is declining?

Posted by Craig Ranapia : 9/01/2005 08:39:00 AM