Friends like these

datePosted on 12:13, December 6th, 2011 by Lew

I don’t know who’s set up wewantdavidcunliffe.co.nz to lobby for his leadership of the Labour party, but I’m pretty sure David Cunliffe won’t be thanking them, despite their obvious enthusiasm. Click the image below for a full size version.

wewantdavidcunliffe.co.nz

All the information is broadly accurate (except for the idiotic scaremongering of “Don’t let the right-wing bloggers hijack your party’s Leadership election. Submit the form now!”). Cunliffe is a strong candidate with many good qualities. But I doubt many people will read that far because the site is offensive to the eye. The layout is horrible, and I know colour-blocking is meant to be in right now, but seriously — the dominant red is too much. Contrast with the text is poor, and the faux-script headings and such give the whole thing a 1990s Geocities-Angelfire feel that has no place in the 21st Century interwebs.

Worst of all is the banner — it tells us that grey, faceless bobble-headed people want David Cunliffe as leader. As a friend of mine, a graphic designer by training, said (after “MY EYEEEES”) — aren’t grey bobble-heads the New Zealand First brand?

The use of such symbolism is a slander on David Cunliffe that even a member of Team Shearer like me can’t support.

L

2 Responses to “Friends like these”

  1. Gorse on December 7th, 2011 at 18:30

    Hi Lew,

    what did you think of this effort from the horse’s- or is it cat’s- mouth?

    http://thestandard.org.nz/david-cunliffe/

    I think it is more to the point than any of the candidates’ efforts on RedAlert.

  2. Lew on December 7th, 2011 at 21:00

    Hi Gorse,

    Yes, a very good piece, and very similar to the narrative he presented interviewed on Radio Waatea this morning. I don’t think it’s online. He seems at his best when he is most free to choose his words and expressions — when in full rhetorical flight, as it were. The pitch on RA seems a little clipped in comparison.

    L

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