This post by Scott Yorke over at Imperator Fish amused me. It is such an apt description of the differences between the two major political partisan blogs in New Zealand.
I like to visit The Standard now and then. There’s an occasional gem to be found there, although an angry hectoring tone largely dominates. The main theme is that the Nats are evil bastards who will eat our children if we let them. Contrast this with the most popular Right blog, Kiwiblog, where the evil bastards who will eat our children if we let them are the Left.
Being a dull moderate with no desire to save anyone from being eaten, I find the polemic style of argument tedious. But Kiwiblog also seems to be the domain of a number of seriously mentally ill people with real “issues”. It is my impression that those on the Left in this country don’t generally want to have their opponents killed. Whereas on Kiwiblog there are frequent calls for the death penalty, flogging, and other unpleasant punishments.
So, while I often shake my head at what I find, I don’t tend to leave The Standard’s website wanting to throw up.
The Standard’s site has been down a bit of late. it may be up again by the time you read this, and I hope it is. Where else am I going to steal my material from?
We are a partisan blog given to robust debate between people with differing viewpoints. That is what people come to read and comment on. This causes the growth in the site that gives us our growing pangs of outgrowing our hosts. But we definitely do not tolerate the ‘self-regulated’ (ie bullying) behavior of the Kiwiblog comments section. It is commonly known as the sewer for good reason.
Don’t worry Scott, I think that our recent outages are (crosses fingers) over. The new site requires more tuning to speed performance. It is set to being a bit conservative at present. However it will shortly resume full functionality for all of the readers. Umm that sounds a bit like the country during this NACT interregnum.
Feel free to garner intellectual property. But if you had to rely on us for your income, you’d be broke 😈 We don’t even have a copyright notice.