The Citizens for Rowling
campaign was a campaign
named after then Labour Prime Minister of New Zealand Bill Rowling
in the lead up to the 1975 general election
. Members of the campaign publicly signed the "Citizens for Rowling" petition warning against a National
government led by Robert Muldoon
. The campaign was largely orgainised by David Exel, a former television producer and current affairs interviewer.
Central to the campaign was a booklet, in the form of a petition, which attacked Muldoon's leadership style, which was stated as being "divisive" and "moving towards factional strife". Ads were run in major papers around New Zealand
asking people to 'stand up and be counted' as supporting Bill Rowling and the campaign. Many offshoot groups were formed, such as Lawyers for Rowling and Clergy for Rowling. Rowling's eldest son, Carl, also joined the campaign.
Prominent members of the campaign included:
Despite gaining a lot of press for Labour, the campaign did not succeed, with Muldoon launching a public denial of the claims and stating "The average chap doesn't want to be told how to vote."Rowling: The man and the myth
by John Henderson, Australia New Zealand Press, 1980..... Read More