Yet again Stuart Nash gets coverage of his signs being vandalised, exactly as my oldest friend in parliament, Scott Simpson, teaches all up and coming politicians.
Nash appears to be playing the Simpson game to perfection.
Labour’s candidate for Napier, Stuart Nash, who has is firmly against amalgamation, says his ‘No to Amalgamation’ signs have been attacked a fourth time by vandals.
Mr Nash said campaign volunteers have repaired several signs around the city after vandals applied large adhesive vinyl stickers to the signs, altering the anti-amalgamation message to “Yes to Amalgamation”. This follows vandalism incidents on the same signs in February and April.
Mr Nash says the repeated “sophisticated attacks” are a bad look for the pro-Amalgamation lobby in Napier.
“First the vandals attacked the signs with red spray paint. Then they cut out part of the message and returned again to paste another message over our signs. Now, they’ve gone to the trouble of designing,printing and applying large vinyl adhesive stickers – the kind used on motor vehicles. These are sophisticated, determined attacks and not random acts. It’s hard to believe these attacks aren’t being coordinated by people involved in the pro-amalgamation lobby,” he said.
“I strongly urge the board of A Better Hawke’s Bay and other pro-amalgamation groups to publicly condemn these actions and advise their supporters not to partake in this kind of destructive, illegal activity.
“The irony is these attacks just give more oxygen to the amalgamation issue and the opposition to amalgamation. Sign vandalism as a means of activism is a hallmark of the political amateur, ” Mr Nash said.
- Hawkes Bay Today