Oh dear. It started with Roger Douglas and now political ad-man John Ansell has got on board the ACT train to electoral oblivion as well. Ansell’s most famous work to date is the National Party’s racist iwi/kiwi billboards of the 2005 election but our sources tell us his stocks dropped considerably with the party after his involvement in the ramshackle PR fiasco that was the Free Speech Coalition (he “designed” their long-winded and baffling billboards). In fact he’d been told expressly that he was not getting the contract. Which of course makes this quote particularly hilarious:
He said he had not left National in the lurch by going to Act, despite having agreed to work for the party again.
“They’ve been very understanding.”
Yes John, I’m sure they have.
It’s not surprising that Ansell has ended up with the party of the extreme right, because as anyone who knows Ansell will tell you he actually talks like the comments section of Kiwiblog. Conversation with him is littered with terms like “Helengrad” and “nanny-state” and he is a reasonably regular commenter there. We’ve also been graced with his comments here at The Standard which ended with the PR man being firmly handed his arse by a couple of our more aggressive commenters. Always a bad sign for a “pro”.
But don’t worry, John’s got a new vision for ACT and a whole new slogan,
‘Ripping the Guts Right Out of New Zealand’ ‘The Guts to Do What’s Right’. Now I’m not saying that’s a stupid catchphrase but, nah, I’m saying that’s a stupid catchphrase. I wish ACT all the luck Ansell brought the FSC.