Election 2020: 10 of the best, and worst, moments

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The political news and advertising ban on election day once again saw some dodgy doggy content take over. Photo / Chris Keall

Best: Vote dogs

With political coverage and advertising banned, some media again turned to photo montages of dogs at polling places to fill the abyss.

Marking time.
Marking time.

I was going to write a shrill opt-ed about how the law is an ass, given 1.98 million people cast an advance vote while their delicate minds were being assaulted by media – but, on reflection, 12am to 7pm on election day is a nice island of peace. Let’s keep it.

As he spent a six-month lockdown in NZ, co-founder of the Leave.EU campaign Arron Banks (right) said NZ First leader Winston Peters was a kindred spirit. Photo / Getty Images
As he spent a six-month lockdown in NZ, co-founder of the Leave.EU campaign Arron Banks (right) said NZ First leader Winston Peters was a kindred spirit. Photo / Getty Images

Worst: Brexit Bad Boys Arron Banks and Andy Wigmore

In July, Winston Peters told RNZ his party had inked a contract with self-styled “Brexit bad boys” Arron Banks and Andy Wigmore – the mischievous UK duo behind the controversial but effective “Leave EU” campaign.

In the final event, it’s not clear how much work or advice Banks and Wigmore gave NZ first – but if any funds changed hands, NZ First should ask for its money back after its spectacularly flat online campaign. Not one for the Bad Boys’ CV.

Take the L out of Lover, and it's over.
Take the L out of Lover, and it’s over.

Worst: Failure to keep politics out of the bedroom

David Bennett one Hamilton East by 5000 votes in 2017.

After proposing the cruelest tax, he was out on his ear last night.

Best: ‘Justin’ Walls

Omnipresent Herald political journo Jason Walls briefly gained stardom on US political social media, after correspondent Joyce Karem picked up on the PM’s concern for “Justin”‘s welfare.

For the record, Jason/Justin is fine – just a tad insecure:

Best: Whatever was in that cup

I'll have what he's having. Photo / Brett Phibbs
I’ll have what he’s having. Photo / Brett Phibbs

I’ll have what he’s having. Act leader David Seymour was very happy during his victory speech.

Worst: Twitter

Tech commentator and former 1News journo Pat Pilcher (aka @Iminwellington) got suspended from Twitter after an inopportune remark about Advance Party leader Te Kahika.

Image / Twitter
Image / Twitter

Pilcher told the Herald in an exclusive interview, carried out via DM on a rival social media platform, “I just saw red when Billy TK refused to wear his mask properly on that air NZ flight and suggested that someone should puch him in the face (it wasnt quite that polite lol!). Nek minute banned. Isn’t it ironic that Billy TK who’s irresponsible beahviour is atrocious is still on Twitter… and I get banned for calling him out. The upside is I am getting a tonne more done.”

Best: Whoever did this

Runner up: Facebook, for cutting off Billy TK in the middle of a streaming video address to the faithful as it took down his party’s website for spreading misinformation.

After something of a lost weekend, the social media giant is starting to find its social responsibility mojo.

Best: ‘Mustache guy’ at Labour’s election night event

Forget that Diplomatic Protection officer with the hipster beard. This gentleman had an instant fan base.

Poor harvest: Heartland NZ leader Mark Ball. Source / Heartland NZ
Poor harvest: Heartland NZ leader Mark Ball. Source / Heartland NZ

Worst: The biggest loser

Well, someone had to come last. On the night it was HeartlandNZ, who fell behind Social Credit at the last moment – despite its home page featuring hands-down the best photo of a party leader dealing to a cabbage. Thanks for participating, Mark Ball, and we’ll see you in 2023.

Source / Electoral Commission
Source / Electoral Commission


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