I keep seeing these tweets about alleged nasty doings in the current U of M Students Union elections.
Someone should alert the Guinness Book, because if there’s one thing on Earth never seen before, it’s skullduggery in a university student council election.
Some of the allegations on Twitter involve claims that campaign posters are disappearing or getting damaged.
It happens. Sometimes it’s opponents’ supporters, possibly even henchpersons. Sometimes it’s the wind or rain, sometimes it’s because people are offended by signs all over public boulevards. Sometimes campaign organizers go cheap and they don’t hold up for five weeks.
I got sucked in on that issue early in my career. There was an election in a place I’ll hypothetically call LondonOnt, in which a candidate called me to complain about vandalism to campaign signs.
I did the interview, a photo of the infuriated candidate ran, people made certain conclusions about other candidates.
And not all that long after, the constabulary happened upon the candidate’s teenager vandalizing her signs in a misguided attempt to arouse sympathy for her and antipathy for the opponents. No evidence the candidate knew.
Inevitably, I’ll get calls and emails come next October, when the city elects school trustees — oh well, OK, and lesser offices too, such as mayor and council — and there are allegations of mischief and tomfoolery involving campaign signs. If you call me looking for coverage, alas...