I can't think of many things more likely to alienate undecided voters than last night's effort by Labour and it's union stooges to deface over 700 National party billboards up and down New Zealand. An interesting operation, impressive for its organisation and cringe inducing for its electoral stupidity.
Of course I can't prove beyond doubt that Labour and the unions did the job but I'll be very surprised if this is not found to be the case. This operation was expensive and well beyond the capacity of the Country Women's Institute. Labour will have provided the idea with some foot soldiers and the unions will have looked after logistics - printing, transport, finance etc.
I sincerely hope the Gnats ask the police to investigate. Of course you would not expect Labour to include the expenses of this effort in its electoral returns so I hope the Commission asks them for detail.
What are the penalties for this co-ordinated vandalism? Are there any penalties?
General Debate 1 May 2016
41 minutes ago