Today I cleared the mail – nothing there except for a Labour Party pamphlet on “What the 2008 Budget means for you”.
The main photo was of a very happy looking family, apparently very content with what Labour was offering – personal tax cuts; funding for teachers and more operations in hospitals; investing in rail and broadband…
But hold on. Is that really a happy New Zealand family? The grass looked a little too green. The plants in the garden looked a little too exotic. The teeth were too perfect. Too much plaid in the clothes. Just too perfect.
Perhaps it takes an ex-photographer to spot a stock photo, and an American one at that…I went straight to www.istockphoto.com and on the 3rd page of a search for ‘happy family’ there was exactly the same image.
Unless they’re expats they probably don’t give a damn about New Zealand tax cuts.
Now, I’m all for saving money and with the Electoral Finance Act they have less to spend, but please! Dignify us by at least using New Zealanders.
Perhaps they couldn’t find any?