He's had another victory today. There was a complaint laid against him with the Advertising Standards Authority over his campaign slogan; "Keeping the buggers honest". The complaint, by one Rachel Grimwood alleged that "the use of a sexual term in a public place was gratutitous and inapproriate.".
The ASA disagreed with Ms Grimwood. In its decision, the ASA chairman notes:
"It was the Board's view that the context of this advertisement was both distinctly New Zealand and relevant to rural humour"
It was also noted that the tem "bugger" was a colloquial term which is "used by New Zealand society as a typically Kiwi expression for surprise, disbelief and disapproval" and that it did not necessarily have sexual overtones.
So now we wonder this; is Rachel Grimwood, outraged of Albany, one and the same person as Rachel Grimwood who was on the Green Party's list in the 2008 election? If indeed Andrew Williams had a Green Party activist making complaints on his behalf, it would explain why he is such a fan of organic gardening, as evidenced by his novel method of fertilising trees on the North Shore!