Both Eyes Open
Media release UPDATE 5 November 2008
Stephen Franks tries to justify destruction of posters
Stephen Franks has given two replies to the discovery that his campaign team have been pulling down his opponents' poster in Wellington Central. Neither go anywhere to justifying his actions.
First, he told reporters that our posters are dishonest. Everyone in politics disputes the truth and fairness of their opponents statements, but the essence of freedom of speech is that everyone gets to have their say. Franks is suggesting that when he thinks something is wrong, he can censor others.
In fact, our poster (attached) is about a factual matter, Frank's promotion of a change to human rights legislation in 2005. If he thinks we got it wrong, he should debate the point in public. We suspect he prefers not to discuss what he did at all.
Second, he told reporters that his team has been removing posters from places where they weren't supposed to be. However, his campaign team have been removing every single poster critical of Franks and National wherever they are placed, whether on public or private sites. Franks has no right to set himself up as the poster police.