Hoardings hooligans

Another election, another spate of attacks on hoardings.

And who wins from the hooliganism?

This letter from today’s ODT makes it clear:

I own a sign company. Local body and national elections are good business for me and others in our trade. We get commissioned to produce and erect party signs and predetermined locations around the country. Every party has the same rights to advertise in these spaces.

My question is, why do folk feel the need to pull dow, deface and destroy these hoardings> It is a total waste of time and money, and to be fair we (sing writers) are the only winners. Drawing phallic symbols, horns, of Nazi symbols on oppositions’ signs does not promoted your own cause – if anything it only shows the mentality behind your own ideology.

Here is an out-there idea: why not just accept that every party will try to promote itself this way and get on with selling your own policies and values?

I’m no social political expert but I know many of us look at Gaza and wonder how the parties involved can be so hell-bent on destroying each other, yet the behaviour of the sign smashers, while not life-threatening, is not a million miles way.

Show some leadership and if that’s too hard, just grow up.

Bruce Carvell, Managing director Williams Signs & Graphix Ltd.

Some of the hooliganism is politically motivated, some isn’t.

This year the has been a disturbing level of anti-Semitism and personal denigration in some areas.

All of it is expensive in time, energy and money for the volunteers who fund, erect, clean and re-erect the damaged hoardings.

I’d like to think that people make their decisions on how to vote on a lot more than hoardings.

But they’re legitimate advertising and should be left alone to give their message rather than demonstrate the idiocy of those who for political or other reasons deface, destroy or steal them.

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