Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Billboards and Opening Addresses

As usual in election year thousands of political billboards have shot up all over the country. It is interesting to see how different parties promote themselves. Some billboards have the party leader's full name, some with the key policies of the party and some with a reason why they should be elected.

Some stand out. The Green party with their Vote for Me signs are particularly good. They make you think about what your vote could affect. The Act Party signs also stand out. Their key Law and Order policy of "Three Strikes and Your In", with the bright background, springs into your vision as you stop at the traffic lights. The Kiwi Party boards also stand apart with the picture of all the party candidates showing a strong sense of unity within the team. This is something that is absent from other billboards. The majority of billboards only show the name and/or face of the leader or the candidate but the Kiwi Party picture shows the whole team. If they work together as a team they could have a chance of making it into Parliament.

Another interesting subject is the opening Party Addresses on TV One last Friday and Saturday nights. I think that the smaller parties should be given more time than the major parties as everyone knows about National and Labour and they get enough time on the news to talk up their policies anyway. This would give the smaller parties more of a opportunity to promote their policies seeing as they are not allowed to spend as much on election advertising.

It will also be interesting to see how the TV One Election Debate between Helen Clark and John Key goes tonight. Helen Clark is hopefully going to have a hard time defending some of the decisions her government has made over the past few years. They are even being forced to back down on plans to limit how much water we can have coming out of our shower heads. This Government is starting to go too far into limiting what we can and can't do. They have pushed through the Anti-Smacking Law ( which will hopefully be overturned next year by referendum), the Electoral Finance Bill and other silly laws that hinder them.

GOOOOOOOOOOOO National!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


E.E said...

Hi J,
Like you i like the Greens billboards... I really like your blog.Luv Ex

Anonymous said...

Reminds me of 'indescribable'that Billboard. Keep an eye out for the Maori party billboards - they might be using their imagination too!

Anonymous said...

I wonder if they will use your garage for a billboard tonight?