A pointless piece of political campaigning

Falkirk Herald editor Colin Hume
Falkirk Herald editor Colin Hume

I’ve tried to avoid talking about the referendum debate in this column for fear of being accused of favouring one side over the other.

However, over the last few weeks, my irritation over one aspect of the respective campaigns has now driven me to break that self-imposed rule.

Just what’s the point of those annoying little stickers that are springing up all over the place?

I understand that a well-worded advert or billboard can get a particular message across about the benefits or otherwise of independence.

And, while I’m not a great fan of them myself, I recognise that, while not really making a political point, car stickers serve to illustrate just how passionate a person (one presumes the driver) is about their cause.

I remember my grandparents been equally keen to share their views during a succession of General Elections with SNP (grandma) and Labour (grandpa) posters adorning their front window.

However, the little round stickers which I’ve seen on everything from road signs to park benches serve no such purpose.

We don’t know who put them there and I suspect not many people will be swayed by the sight of a sticker on their way to the polls.