If you’ve caught yourself asking why the Nat’s billboards are so bad, then Jafa Pete has the answer. Their adman, Glenn Jameson, is an objectivist. For those of you not familiar with objectivism it’s kind of like a cross between neo-liberalism and Nietzschen fascism (as long as the Nietzsche is read without irony).
Here’s a choice quote from his rant about working for the Nats on solo passion:
In June this year Prime Minister Helen Clark issued a statement on the Mugabe regime in which she urged ‘the United Nations Security Council, regional organisations in Africa, and Zimbabwe’s neighbours to work for the holding of free and fair elections; and call on President Robert Mugabe to step down for the good of his country.’
That she said this without blushing demonstrates just how deep the corruption has seeped.
That’s right people, he thinks Helen Clark is Mugabe. I doubted the Nats would be employing anyone further right than “Iwi/Kiwi” Ansell. It seems I was wrong.
Anyone who has had the misfortune to have to deal with objectivists in their day to day lives will realise that one of their main traits is a desperately earnest belief they are smarter than everyone else which they express in a style that demonstrates the antithesis of this proposition. I guess that’s how “less bureaucrats” slipped through the net.
To be fair to the tories there must have been some vetting of Jameson’s ideas or it’s likely the first billboard would have been “say goodbye to Helen Clark, she’s worst than Hitler.”
I recommend you check out Jameson’s blog. There are some interesting views on ACT (they’re socialist nanny statists), Islam (moderates are more dangerous than terrorists) and of course Helen Clark.