The Auckland City Council likes that world. The Auckland City Council wants to ban billboards. Why? Because they can. Because the law gives them the power. Because, they argue, the ban and the lack of visual interest from the ban will help to make Auckland an “international city.” Auckland City Busybody Glenda Fryer argues, the ban would bring Auckland "into line" with other “main international cities with European influences.”
Clearly, the Busybody has never visited Picadilly. Or the Kurfurstendamme. Or Potsdamer Platz.
As Bernard Darnton notes: "I can only assume 'European influences' is secret code for socialism."
Perhaps Glenda and her colleagues would be more at home in Murmansk, pictured right?
UPDATE: Julian has a good letter you can send to the councillors, and their email addresses so you can send it to them.
LINKS: Auckland wants to ban billboards - Bernard Darnton, Section 14
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