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Boot corflutes? No thanks, you brutes

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09.11.2019

"Oh, Canberra!" I sighed (my concerned dog, alert to the despair in my voice, came over and licked my face) as I read the dispiriting Canberra Times story 'Had enough of roadside corflutes? There are calls to ban them' (October 28).

It emerges that the underemployed ACT Greens in the underworked ACT Assembly, perhaps acting on their Amish sincerity but perhaps cannily appealing to the fogey voters from the complaining classes, want election corflutes banned. The ACT Greens' Caroline Le Couteur is seething that corflutes of the kind that decorated Canberra roadsides ahead of the late federal election cause visual pollution and clutter up public spaces.

Corflutes give our squeaky clean streets an all-too-brief, vibrant visual chaos.

"For many Canberrans," she moans, Amishly, "roadside electoral signs are supremely annoying, and distracting."

"If you're driving along and there are dozens of election signs along the roads, it's both annoying and distracting for drivers."

Predictably, Ms Le Couteur's call has since been endorsed by miserabilists in their letters to The Canberra Times.

My own view is that the corflutes in their all-too-brief appearances impart a temporary gaiety, sweet chaos and eventfulness to roadsides that for 99.9 per cent of the time are drearily dull and numbingly tidy.

There is a tyranny of severe puritanical tidiness about our city. Planned to death, its grassy places manicured and mowed to within an inch of their lives, its graffiti (already shy and pale and inhibited by........

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