The Dim-Post

July 19, 2012

And that’s the end of that chapter

Filed under: general idiocy — danylmc @ 3:39 pm

The mystery of the racist anti-Labour ad is solved. Karen Hurley tracked it down following a tip-off on Toby Manhire’s blog. It was from an old capping review magazine at Massey, not, disappointingly, a white supremacy organisation or a rogue National Party racist.

23 Comments »

  1. I’m pleased to note that satirical standards have risen dramatically in the past 40 years. Pity the standard of politician hasn’t.

    Comment by TerryB — July 19, 2012 @ 3:45 pm

  2. Good dog-whistle though Danyl🙂

    Comment by Dave Guerin — July 19, 2012 @ 4:03 pm

  3. Well.

    Comment by rob Hosking — July 19, 2012 @ 4:07 pm

  4. There was meant to be a <smug mode html either side of last comment.

    Comment by rob Hosking — July 19, 2012 @ 4:08 pm

  5. hoo

    Comment by dfmamea — July 19, 2012 @ 4:41 pm

  6. I think an important question remains unanswered though.
    Did Norm Kirk actually fart in the bath and was the CIA involved in any way?

    Comment by Gregor W — July 19, 2012 @ 4:49 pm

  7. Just proves that if it’s too good to be true, it usually is.

    Comment by eszett — July 19, 2012 @ 4:56 pm

  8. That really really says it all. How can a rampantly racist publication like that be too good to be true?

    Comment by Tim — July 19, 2012 @ 6:19 pm

  9. If it’s difficlut not to write satire then shouldn’t it be easy to spot?

    Comment by NeilM — July 19, 2012 @ 6:45 pm

  10. In the spirit of the Seventh Day Adventists I call on all decent left-wing readers to continue castigating the National Party for this obscene and repugnant advertisement, regardless of the fact that it’s fake.

    Comment by SHG — July 19, 2012 @ 7:23 pm

  11. If it’s difficlut not to write satire then shouldn’t it be easy to spot?

    Check out the comments section for my ‘Peter Jackson to film Silmarillion’ post.

    Comment by danylmc — July 19, 2012 @ 7:25 pm

  12. In the spirit of people who can recognise the blindingly obvious (especially when it’s been done before by the same people), I call on all decent left-wing readers to continue castigating the National Party for its current campaign to divert and divide, regardless of the fact that it’s all too real.

    Comment by sammy 2.0 — July 19, 2012 @ 7:41 pm

  13. Nevermind, there’s always the Rathergate Defense.. “Fake but accurate”.

    JC

    Comment by JC — July 19, 2012 @ 7:45 pm

  14. Check out the comments section for my ‘Peter Jackson to film Silmarillion’ post
    Still possibly the finest moment in the NZ blogospherical…

    Comment by garethw — July 19, 2012 @ 9:21 pm

  15. #12: I did my bit with my salute to Jonathan Swift. You know, the one Pete George managed to take a tad too seriously.

    Comment by deepred — July 20, 2012 @ 1:31 am

  16. An early example of Poe’s law?

    Comment by Pete Sime — July 20, 2012 @ 9:57 am

  17. Nice to see your dedication to expose the bleeding obvious remains true.

    Comment by Hugh — July 20, 2012 @ 10:46 am

  18. I tyell you what, they don’t do capping magazines like that anymore. in fact, do universities still even do capping magazines? And why we are at it, what ever happened to capping stunts? Well I remember merrily secreting a laxative into the milk urn at Vic house.

    Ah, those were the days, when raffish students in dishevelled black tie attire could roar up and down the terrace in their MG sports cars in the early morning light without fear of intervention by state agents, and we could all look forward to a well paid careers as KGB agents in the highest levels of government!

    Comment by Sanctuary — July 20, 2012 @ 11:10 am

  19. Terry B – The stand-out exception on politician quality would be Green MPs. They rarely get into any trouble and generally beaver away madly at their issues / areas of focus and have been increasingly effective as they have become more numerous. There would be few Green voters who did not feel well represented….and more broadly their works well serves NZ’s wider interest (as opposed to narrow sector interests who think they define NZ’s wider interests).

    Comment by Steve (@nza1) — July 20, 2012 @ 4:14 pm

  20. Yay Karen! (and Rob for first correct guess, and Lyndon for pointing out the poster it was parodying – a crucial clue). And good on Massey University Library for maintaining print material from “last century” in these cost-cutting times.

    To further disillusion anyone who thought it might have been an official National Party poster, here’s a piece from Joris de Bres on the 40th anniversary of the Race Relations Act 1971, which was introduced by National and came into force in 1972. De Bres also contrasts the widespread view (also held by National) that such an Act was perhaps a bit superfluous in Godzone, with the evidence of discrimination found by the new Office of Race Relations and its executive officer Pita Sharples (in his first job from university).

    http://www.hrc.co.nz/2012/race-relations-law-marks-40th-anniversary

    Comment by Laura — July 20, 2012 @ 4:51 pm

  21. Back in the day the extreme right were far fewer than the extreme left or much shyer. In the early 80s two very dumb young guys put an ad in one of the Hutt community papers seeking like-minded people to form a branch of, I think, the National Front. Perhaps it was a desperate and always doomed attempt to meet the women of their dreams. Nevertheless, my editor decided we had to witness this outbreak of fascism in Alicetown and I was despatched to a small church hall to discover it under siege from the massed ranks of Wellington’s Trotskyists, Marxist Leninists and Spartacists – all depressingly familiar to me from demonstrations against or for a variety of hopeless causes in the big smoke. Inside the hall my fellow members of the media hopelessly outnumbered our two National Front wannabes and one spectator who turned out to be the Prospective leader’s mum. Being an out member of an extreme right wing group in the North Island was always a far riskier proposition than being a member of one in the South Island. It’s not their brothers in arms amongst the Trots they really had to worry about but the lack of passivity among those they sought to persecute.

    Comment by Roger — July 20, 2012 @ 7:27 pm

  22. Terry B – The stand-out exception on politician quality would be Green MPs. They rarely get into any trouble and generally beaver away madly at their issues / areas of focus and have been increasingly effective as they have become more numerous. There would be few Green voters who did not feel well represented….and more broadly their works well serves NZ’s wider interest (as opposed to narrow sector interests who think they define NZ’s wider interests).

    Fair comment. Russel Norman, Julie Anne Genter and Kevin Hague have impressed me too. On top of their policies and asking pertinent questions.

    That said Gordon McLauchlan’s assessment that NZ has been misgoverned and mismanaged for the past 40 years isn’t too wide of the mark particularly in relation to the 20 years from 1975-1995.

    Comment by TerryB — July 21, 2012 @ 1:15 pm

  23. lol. If it wasn’t for the suit, I’d say he was in the bath at the time the photograph was taken!

    Wonder what our current PM and Deputy do in the bath? Wink wink, nudge nudge

    Comment by Daniel Lang — July 23, 2012 @ 12:38 pm


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