The white team believe Covid is a hoax and are determined to let the world (or the part of the world that travels up and down the A46) know about it. Their weapon of choice is white paint and blunt slogans about fake news, the BBC and the ‘lie virus’.
The grey team are the folk from the local council. They are armed with grey paint, which they use to obliterate the white team’s words.
So far, the white team are winning. And from my position as an armchair-paint-battle pundit, I have them well ahead.
Their typographically untidy rants are almost always on display, while the council’s efforts to blot out the messages seem to keep them at bay for a few days at most.
There have been at least three rounds of this battle over the last year. The current messages are FAKE NEWS on one parapet and UN-MASK THE LIE VIRUS on the other. These have been in place and unchallenged by grey paint for at least two months.
The success of the council’s next paint-over-it-in-grey approach is likely to be as short lived as all the previous efforts. Blotting the words out simply gives the white team a nice plain canvas for their next rant.
A new approach is needed if the council want to win this particular war of words.
One solution (of sorts) would be to set up covert cameras to catch, identify and then prosecute the white-paint-wielding perpetrators.
But would a fine or a far-off court case stop the graffitists or their pals sloping off to the bridge with their brushes?
So here are two alternative approaches that tackle things a little differently. The key to the ideas is that they don’t get rid of the rant, they just make it impossible to read.