David Farrar and others on “the right” (hi guys) look pretty stupid trying to claim the moral high ground in the middle of the dirty politics shitstorm. From an exchange on twitter last night:
Of course I and other Standard authors (by all means comment if you disagree folks) condemn lyrics that incite violence, and any and all threats to the children of politicians (who are completely out of bounds). Does this even need saying? Of course it’s wrong, it’s offensive, and it’s damaging to the political climate.
But I can’t believe the hypocrisy of Farrar and his little fan club. Why doesn’t he condemn National’s dirty politics? Why doesn’t he condemn the regular threats of violence on his sewer blog? Why didn’t he condemn the plot to harm Nicky Hager?:
Chop chop for Nicky – why didn’t Farrar report this to the police? Why in this context does he continue to post this kind of violent bullshit on his blog?:
Farrar, the political right and the moral high ground? – it is beyond hypocrisy.
This is all just more distraction. Trying to equate the actions of a disenfranchised, angry few (chants, lyrics, an effigy) with the systematic abuse of democracy and decency undertaken by the dirty politics attack machine that Farrar, Slater, and the highest level of the National Party participate in. As Dame Anne Salmond said – we need to purge this dirty politics from our political system, and get back to the issues that matter.