Labour signs down but party unrepentant

The Labour Party has had to take down its look-alike signs from a Hutt Valley street but is unrepentant:

A number of Labour Party campaign signs have been removed from a Hutt Valley street after being found to be in breach of road requirements.

The signs, which emulate road stop signs in shape and colour, but contain the message “Stop asset sales vote Labour”, had been erected along the median strip of a road in Petone.

The story credits David Farrar with breaking the story.

General secretary of the Labour Party Chris Flatt said the party had not been formally told of any rules the signs had breached.

“We were told they were taken down within an hour,” Mr Flatt told NZPA.

“Any reasonable person would see that the nature of the writing and the ‘vote Labour’ on there indicates they’re not traffic control devices.”

Mr Flatt said the party would continue to use the signs and had told members to be cautious near roads.

“We’re aware of these things but we think this is a little bit of a campaign by National Party bloggers and right-wing groups to take the issue away from the actual campaign.”

Oh dear – they’ve broken the law, which is quite explicit, and it’s all the fault of National party bloggers and right-wing groups.

There’s no mention about whether or not the signs had a promoter’s statement as required by electoral regulations.

The signs might also have fallen foul of local body regulations – individuals and groups putting up signs require consent.

I wouldn’t put any money on Labour having applied for it.

10 Responses to Labour signs down but party unrepentant

  1. Andrei says:

    A definite whoopsie daisy on the part of the Labour Party activists.

    National has had its whoopsie daisys over the years and will again, never fear.

    To me committed to neither (although Labour in its current form is an anathema to me) it all smacks of tribalism when one party crows over the others bloopers.


  2. homepaddock says:

    Everyone makes mistakes – it’s the reaction of first the party leader then general secreatry that makes this more than a mistake.

    If you accidentally break the rules an admission of that, acceptance of wrong-doing and apology would kill the story.

    They deny having broken the rules and are blaming others for pointing out their errors.


  3. Petal says:

    You are kicking a party while it is down. I agree with above. Stop crowing, even if it’s kind of subtle. Remember christian values…stop rubbing salt in their wounds.


  4. alex Masterley says:

    “Unrepentant” Thats labour’s problem in one word.


  5. Oswald Bastable says:

    Best time to get the boot in, when the other party is on the ground!


  6. Inventory2 says:

    As a member of the VRWC involved in this takedown, I will proudly wear the label applied by Chris Flatt; which begs the question; is his name an omen for Labour’s campaign?


  7. Fredinthegrass says:

    They broke the law, Petal – several in fact.
    The publicity was good – the results of the publicity were negative.
    It is not about crowing – it is about a group looking to represent the people of this fine country, yet thumbing their collective noses at the rule of law.


  8. Adolf Fiinkensein says:

    Flattulent, methinks.


  9. adam2314 says:

    It does not matter !!..

    There is insufficient time for this to go to court before the elections.

    When the Liabour Party ROMP in to power in November..

    They will change the laws.. ( retrospectively of course ).

    Where is the problem ??..


  10. adam2314 says:

    Oswald B.

    The Jocks that I worked with in Aden would put the boot into the standing..

    Then moved on to the next standing man..

    Very few got up in a hurry :-))

    No need to kick a man when he is down..
    If he is downed correctly..


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