Wednesday, 14 April 2010

British billboards

It seems a long time since there was a British election in which voters were offered a fundamental choice—perhaps the most stark was the ‘Winter of Discontent’ election of 1979 when Britain was offered the same full-on socialism that had led Britain to bankruptcy in just three decades, or Margaret Thatcher.

Sadly now, when its government’s deficits are once again at South American levels (and climbing), all that Britons are offered as an alternative to Gordon Brown’s print-and-hope policy is David Cameron--Britain's smile-and-wave leaderette in the wings.

Sad.

But despite the often paper-thin differences between the main parties, their political advertising has always been brilliant. Being much easier to attack than to present the non-existent positive qualities of their own party, they’ve always gone for the jugular in attacking their opposition.

 The Telegraph has a gallery of some of the more memorable, including a few from elections where there really was a stark difference.  These are some of my own favourites, in roughly chronological order:

NoFuture Kinnock ShameAboutThePillocksInFront BlairKohl

Cash-Gordon

LabServative

7 comments:

  1. That last billboard is the best one. The UK has had decades of the Labour/Conservative coalition, just as NZ has enjoyed a National/Labour coalition. The results are as one would expect.

    LGM

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  2. The one I see on the way to work is "He let out 32,000 criminals early, want to give him a chance to do it again?" with a beaming photo of Gordon Brown (but tiny text saying if you don't, vote Conservative). The key motive is to keep the Labour turnout low.

    However, a curse on them all, now UKIP is saying it wont cut public services. I've NEVER faced a less satisfying electoral choice, and my constituency is a fourway between Labour, Lib Dem, Conservative and Greens!

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  3. The "alternative to Gordon Brown’s print-and-hope policy is David Cameron--Britain's smile-and-wave leaderette in the wings". Doesn't that remind you of a recent election in a country not too far away?

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  4. Kiwiwit

    Yes. Sure does.

    What amazes me are those who continue to unquestioningly believe in the political Punch and Judy soap-opera. They who can't seem to acknowledge the screaming bloody obvious. That is, that National/Labour are in essence a coalition which has been and is impoverishing the NZer into penury and indenture. Same goes for ACT (should be known as Dont-ACT), Mario Party, Gleens, Christian Unity or whatever it is lately,.... socialists all and every one.

    At the next election the vast majority of NZers will continue to believe. They'll go out and vote for the exact same outfits as are in Parliament right now. It is all as peculiar as a peculiar thing.

    LGM

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  5. Douglas Adams says it best:
    "‘On [that] world, the people are people. The leaders are lizards. The people hate the lizards and the lizards rule the people.’

    ‘Odd,’ said Arthur, ‘I thought you said it was a democracy?’

    ‘I did,’ said Ford, ‘It is.’

    ‘So,’ said Arthur, hoping he wasn’t sounding ridiculously obtuse, ‘why don’t the people get rid of the lizards?’

    ‘It honestly doesn’t occur to them,’ said Ford. ‘They’ve all got the vote, so they all pretty much assume that the government they’ve voted in more or less approximates to the government they want.’

    ‘You mean they actually vote for the lizards?’

    ‘Oh yes,’ said Ford with a shrug, ‘of course.’

    ‘But,’ said Arthur, going for the big one again, ‘why?’

    ‘Because if they didn’t vote for a lizard,’ said Ford, ‘the wrong lizard might get in.’"

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  6. They'll go out and vote for the exact same outfits as are in Parliament right now. It is all as peculiar as a peculiar thing.

    Not at all. A fair majority just vote for the party that promises themselves the most - actually that's a positive step: working out what's going to be best for them rather than some socialist lefty idea of the "good of the nation" or the "good of the poor".


    The problem is that lots of those "voters" are bludgers or losers of one kind or another: bennies, codgers, civil servants, wage-slaves, the unproductive - who contribute nothing or even detract from NZ's economy.

    If you insist on having "voting" to determine policies then if you let scum like that vote that's what they'll vote for: taking your money

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  7. Anon

    You write, "A fair majority just vote for the party that promises themselves the most".

    Amazing that anyone still believes in the promises and in the outfits making them...

    All quite peculiar.

    LGM

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