Is Scott Simpson moonlighting in Timaru?

I learned a great deal of my dirty politics skills assisting Young Nats in Eden electorate like Scott Simpson. One thing we used to do is go around vandalising our own signs so our candidate could get in the local paper about the dreadful vandalism occurring in the election. You can tell the difference between self-vandalism and opposition-vandalism. Opposition vandalism usually entails total destruction whereas self-vandalism is usually witty, drawing moustaches and the like on signs.

Two Timaru District Council candidates have been given a devilish makeover by an artistically-inclined, if somewhat misguided, vandal.

Election signs belonging to candidates Peter Burt and Owen Jackson were vandalised on the corner of Wai-Iti Rd and Wilson St during the weekend.

Each candidate was given a pair of devil horns and a moustache by the orange marker wielding artist.

While the vandalism was frustrating, it was not altogether unexpected, both men said.   

Jackson said he had sent Burt a text message after seeing another one of his signs had been drawn on last week.

“I said, ‘I guess you’re the first’. I don’t know if there’s an award for it.”

Campaigning was not cheap, and it was frustrating to have to replace signage, he said.

However, he joked was planning on keeping the vandalised sign as “a memento”.

Fellow candidate Burt said he was lucky to make it through the 2013 election without any of his signs falling victim to vandals.

Burt should have gone out in the dead of the night and done over his own signs. Plenty of candidates do.

The weekend’s incident was definitely frustrating, he said. He was planning to head down to the site and replace the sign on Sunday.

Idiot, don’t replace the sign, you get sympathy votes from it. I well remember one candidate in recent years boasting to me that none of his signs had been vandalised. I told him to get out there and draw big cocks on them or something, he was missing out on prime local coverage. The next week all of a sudden there was a rash of vandalism…including big cocks.

There is a real skill in doing over your own signs, not the least is the skill in not getting busted doing it.

As I said I learned all my best campaigning tricks from my longest friend in caucus, Scott Simpson.

 

– Fairfax

 

  • jimknowsall

    I’m slightly astonished by these revelations about Scott Simpson (you have previously mentioned a devious side to him as well). Obviously I don’t know him as well as you do, but he’s my MP and I know him a bit. He comes across as a nice guy, reasonably capable, if a bit of a bumbler and shy of saying or doing anything controversial. The idea of vandalising his own signs sounds about the last thing he would be capable of conceiving, let alone doing it himself.

    • I’m not criticising Scott, I’m praising him.

  • Uncle Krauss (Waihi)

    Mr. Scott Simpson is also my MP and is one of the finest men I have met for many a year. I had a problem and he took the extra-special trouble to call upon me. Not only that but I did not have to explain to him the nature of that problem. He is a gentleman in that he was so absolutely courteous to my Philippines wife.

    • KGB

      My MP also. Always pleasant and hard working. He does a good job around the Coromandel. Full of positivity and enthusiasm.
      Obviously he’d also be fun to take gnome kidnapping at mid-night.

    • He is a very good MP. He knows how the game is played. He taught me a great deal about how politics is played.

  • Huia

    I do like this one.
    AT least Batman might not be so Angry all the time.

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