Monday, July 11, 2005

Broken bloody bells

Lots of doorknocking over the weekend, and a pretty good response...

But, and I know this is a minor detail, there were an enormous number of broken doorbells. Seriously, it would have been about a 50:50 working to broken ratio.

Plainly there is a serious skills shortage in the doorbell repair industry.

13 comments:

spooks said...

Two posts in a row that I have to agree with Michael. What is happening to the world?

Some years ago, between lifetimes, I spent a couple of months knocking on doors selling security products. I always rang the bells that were there, but always knocked a firm policeman's knock as well. And as Mikey says, 50/50 working doorbells was the case then too (under a National government, no less). So Labour can claim doorbells as all National's fault - another problem inherited from the 90s :-).

span said...

can i put in a plug for uniform letterboxes that are close to the pavement too? or would that impinge on the right of the property owner to make life as hard as possible for anyone trying to deliver something to them via the letterbox? ;-)

Mike Collins said...

Have to agree with Span on the letterboxes. It is so frustrating to have to walk uphill to the end of a very long driveway to put something in a letterbox. The other bit I hate is the letterboxes that are too small to fit a DLE (normal size) envelope. What's with that?

Mind you it is probably the punters revenge ;-)

Big props though to those who have their letterboxes at the entrance to the driveway.

Anonymous said...

You guys are a disgrace blogging here. This site is so shallow - not a campaign site? What is all that cut and paste stuff which puports to be this young red's manifesto. Get out of here and stop giving him any resemblance of credibility.

You, Wood! Get a life mate. The beer fixation is not good for you.

Mellie said...

You, Nonamous! Get a life mate or post your name. What are you doing commenting here?

Anonymous said...

I'm the nice anonymous one, of Totnes fame, and I would change my name if my computer wasn't so slow at loading?

On the campaign trail, I found the most awkward moments were those when the people told me to, in the politest possible way, to go away. My response to this was "so you probably won't be wanting a leaflet, then?" before leaving in a brisk, yet dignified manner.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

This is silly

Insolent Prick said...

Have you ever thought that perhaps the doorbells work perfectly well, as does the Neighbourhood Watch system, and that the people inside the houses just DON'T want to talk to you? Could it be, possibly, that you're getting the same message that the rest of the Labour Party is getting: that New Zealanders no longer care for your mindless, PC nonsense, and are ignoring you?

I don't mean to discourage your otherwise futile venture into politics, Michael. Good on you. But broken doorbells isn't the problem. The problem is that your party doesn't listen to voters, and voters have stopped listening to you.

michael wood said...

Funnily enough IP, most people we speak to on the doorstep, regardless of their political stripe, are almost uniformly friendly and courteous.

Plainly some people develop the social skills needed to deal with the fact that others have different views, and other just, well, post pointlessly hostile blog comments!

michael wood said...

And no Spooks, even for me it would be a bit much to try and pin the broken door bells on Jim Bolger and Jenny Shipley ;-)

spooks said...

he he

spooks said...

I will tell you a tiny little story of some relevance to the thread, and also relevant to our political bases.

As a sideline when out door-bell testing, I used to carry with me a small supply of smoke alarms, and I asked people if they had them. If they didn't (or if too few) I offered to get my cordless drill out and install one for them. I used to make about $5 each on them. And I sold heaps.

But not to everyone. The lesson was in the most common objection to not installing the smoke alarms. It was that they were waiting for their free ones from the fire service.

Two things. I knew bloody well that most simply wouldn't get off their arses to actually get around to going to the fire station and picking up and installing the free ones. And I knew too that if they all did, who said they would, the numbers would far exceed the free ones the fire service then had for giving out.

Man, has our system taught people to NOT take responsibility. Or what. Socialism does that.