Leadership challenge? Bridges chuffed with the publicity

The green taliban have put a massive billboard up in Wellington attacking Simon Bridges.



Sources close to the minister say he is privately chuffed with the publicity, he is happy with the photo, thinks it make him look prime ministerial or at the very least deputy prime ministerial if that is what is required for the team. As an added bonus he thinks the innuendo about his sexual prowess is just awesome.

I’m starting to wonder if it isn’t all a jack up to promote his name recognition ahead of a leadership spill in National


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  • Euan Ross-Taylor

    I couldn’t believe this when I saw it this morning. All from that non-political charity organisation – Greenpeace. For a start they used a flattering photo on a National blue background. All that is missing is the words “this has been authorised by the National Party…” I reckon Simon should quickly start a campaign about how he works so hard and gets things done for the people of NZ that his pants almost catch fire. What isn’t there to love about this poster?

  • Positan

    If one can still become amazed at the utterly puerile nature of Green politicking – one can only be stunned at the depth of their pockets when it comes to so uselessly squandering whatever funds they’ve been able to attract.

  • Euan Ross-Taylor

    Another strategy for Simon would be to declare his 007 cover blown, with the statement that M is leading!

  • Shoreboy57

    How many Greenpeace street sales people did it take to fund this?

    • Euan Ross-Taylor

      Simon Bridges: “…and I’d also like to thank all those people who donated to Greenpeace this year for your generosity making this possible.”

  • James

    Now just need to get Tui to put up a billboard right beside this one:
    Greenpeace isn’t a political organisation … Yeah Right

  • Bunswalla

    Quoted in the Horrid this morning:

    “As a boy from Tauranga, I’ve always wanted my name up in lights in the big city. Now it’s happened and I managed to get Greenpeace to pay for it.”

    • Dave

      I hope Greenpeace is calling their advisors to a meeting NOW, imagine a very heated argument, this failed, I mean completely backfired. Your not getting paid!!

      • Nick

        How did it fail?

        • Dave

          Wide of the mark, bridges gets more positive publicity from it, no point in the Greenpeace attack, what is their point?

  • Of course the Green Party has nothing whatsoever to do with this. They are more in the business of defacing billboards than erecting them!

    But this simply shows that they decision that the Charities Commission made on Greenpeace’s charitable status in 2010 was exactly the right decsion…


    • Euan Ross-Taylor

      Every day you post promoting yourself. I think the countdown is winding down to your being blocked?

  • SteveWrathall

    This has to be the biggest environmentalist media fail since the 10:10 exploding children

  • tarkwin

    Greenpeace harpooned themselves in the foot quite nicely here. Even I thought they had more brains than that.

    • Hazards001

      Fibber….You did not think that!

  • Col

    Best advertising ever, people may read and forget, but they will always remember the smiling face, should increase his vote take.

  • Auto_Immune

    Having the contextual text at the bottom of the billboard was a silly mistake. Depending on your vantage point, the surrounding buildings actually obscure that text leaving people only being able to read “Simon Bridges/Pants on Fire” and a flattering shot of him. Great promotional stuff.

  • Agent BallSack

    Labour did the same sort of thing last election if I recall. Bombed for them too, people recognised the National members more readily.

  • flashman

    Whoever organised this is way out of their depth.

    • Euan Ross-Taylor

      a bit like a deep sea oil spill for Greenpeace?

  • Mark

    Fantastic publicity for Bridges. Definitely Prime Minister material. Cheers Greenpeace!
    Are they still applying for charitable status? Pfftttt

  • LesleyNZ

    Ignore them Simon Bridges. The Green Taliban are the liars. I saw on telly last night where the US is finding more and more oil and that we are not in fact running out of oil as previously claimed and that wind farms may become redundant. The Green Taliban hates this and was very vociferous in this story. The oil industry has transformed our world. Go the good oil!
    US increases oil production
    “Vast quantities of oil are being pumped out of the ground from Alaska to Texas.”

    • AnonWgtn

      It has been reported that Australia have discovered ($20 Trillion) $20,000,000,000,000 worth of Oil.
      So Taliban Green peace suck it and see.

      • Mediaan

        Every country probably has 20 trillion worth of oil. Unfortunately you have to drill 20 miles plus to get to it.

        • Dave

          NZ has plenty of Oil, just too expensive to extract ATM, Otago offshore field positive on hydrocarbon, but uneconomic until oil at least doubles. That will upset the greenies !!

  • Frank Black

    It’s a terrible “advert” for GreenPeace. There’s no link to anything to find out more, other than some useless hash-tag. Bit of a social media fail TBH.
    “has been accused of misleading…” – really, that’s the strongest wording they could think of? I guess actually stating he was lying would open them up to libel?

  • Agent BallSack
    • motorizer

      I’m liking the civilian more and more…..

  • Orange

    How to get great publicity about your pants, in party colours, and get someone else to pay for it. Good work Simon. Even your pants are more recognizable than the leader of the opposition.

  • Super_Guest

    Driving past, all you’re gonna see is a decent pic of Simon Bridges and the words “Pants of Fire”. You’re gonna think the National Party is promoting him as a sex machine, which is weird, but hardly vote-killing. Look at ole Bill Clinton.

  • Changeiscoming

    hey I thought they were a charity…..

  • pukakidon

    The Green woman must be getting desperate for male contact since they have none of their own. They think hes hot do they!!!!!

  • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

    This was a success! We want more from the Greens!

  • Phil

    I’d vote for him

  • motorizer