Anti-semitic vandalism in Mt Albert
I have been involved in New Zealand elections right back as far as 1981.
I have had some input into all of those elections from a grassroots level, to back room operations to media.
Back in 1981, 84, 87, and 90 I was largely involved around the Eden electorate, one of the most politically active electorates in the country.
Elections were hard fought. I learned my heckling skills in the halls of Eden electorate and copped a fair few hidings with union thugs outside afterwards.
I was well versed in the the real rough and tumble of elections.
Back then though sign graffiti was one of two things…it was either humorous or it was just wanton vandalism. At one stage in 1984 signs were going up along Gillies Avenue and other arterial routes that were nailed to the wooden lamp posts and power poles that were on ply with a simple black and white text sign of a3 size that said simply “Good Night Aussie”…a play on the then take off of ‘The Waltons‘ on ‘McPhail & Gadsby‘.
We went around in teams with glue and paper changes so over night the signs were changed to “Good Luck Aussie”. We fought a long running battle over those signs but it was always in good humour.
In all my years of political campaigning though I have never seen the filth that is being spewed forth on signs now. Read more »