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ImperatorFish: Red Alert: The Best Is Yet To David Farrar

Written By: - Date published: 6:34 pm, January 20th, 2012 - 14 comments
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Scott at Imperator Fish has kindly given us permission to syndicate posts from his blog – the original of this post is here

The Labour Party has admitted receiving a donation to its coffers from the National Party.

National Party President Peter Goodfellow confirmed the donation yesterday. He said it was a contribution towards the costs of running Labour’s blogsite Red Alert.

“They are doing great work, and we want that to continue,” said Mr Goodfellow.

Labour Party MPs Trevor Mallard and Clare Curran, who run the Red Alert site for the party, admitted today that the donation had caught them off-guard.

“We were somewhat surprised to receive the money,” said Trevor Mallard. “Even if it turns out that the person behind it was David Farrar.”

“But Red Alert runs on a shoestring, so any offer of help is welcome. Even if it came from David Farrar.”

Clare Curran said she thought National’s donation was politically motivated, but confirmed Labour would still accept the money.

“No doubt they are thinking that if they offer us this money to keep blogging we’ll shut the site down. It’s such a typical Tory trick it must have been masterminded by David Farrar.

“Well guess what? We’re one step ahead of the game. We’ll take their money and we’ll use it to make Red Alert even louder and noisier than ever. We won’t be silenced by the enemies of democracy. Whether it’s the Greens, National, or David Farrar.”

Mr Mallard said he was looking forward to getting heavily into blogging this year.

“We’ve all had some time off and are refreshed, and we’re ready to take the battle to David Farrar.

“We want to focus on the issues that are important to ordinary New Zealanders. Jobs, the economy, and David Farrar.”

“Red Alert is the perfect vehicle to enable Labour to engage with an important demographic: the internet savvy, and David Farrar.”

Ms Curran said she was not perturbed by what many in the media and blogosphere referred to as social media own-goals from Mallard and herself.

“I’m sure most people are mature enough to see through the nonsense pedalled by the Tory media and their stooges. David Farrar,” said Ms Curran.

“We are not interested in all that negativity. We want to start a dialogue with ordinary New Zealanders about the things that matter. And David Farrar.

“Starting next week we’re going to be posting about all the things that David Farrar is wrong about. Then when we’ve done that we want to start an open discussion on all the reasons why David Farrar is an enemy of democracy. We’re hoping that by the end of it we’ll have so destroyed David Farrar’s reputation that nobody will ever again take seriously anything said or written by David Farrar.”

Trevor Mallard said he expected big things from the Labour blogsite in 2012.

“We want Labour to hit the ground running in 2012, and to push National hard. Red Alert is going to be a potent weapon in that fight. That’s why we’re going to do our own thing and not worry about what others in the media and blogosphere have to say about us. David Farrar.”

14 comments on “ImperatorFish: Red Alert: The Best Is Yet To David Farrar ”

  1. Anne 1

    Long live ImperatorFish! 😀

    • mik e 1.1

      Maybe we could return in kind and send him a scenic tour on a sea shepherd cruise
      and the harpooner on a Japanese whale boat takes care of blubbah mouth.

  2. Big Bob 2

    Mallard is a retard.

  3. ianmac 3

    I read that. Satire or not??? If National are really making a donation it could only be to keep Read Alert going as being helpful to National.
    Please tell me – someone?

  4. The blog post that led to this was Farrar on censorship, where Clare accused Farrar of hypocrisy and censorship, can you believe what would happen? (Yes, it’s not uncommon on Red Alert).

    Jake123 says:
    January 19, 2012 at 9:14 pm
    Had a think about this comment. Decided you are a troll. Banned. Clare

    Defiance or oblivious? Curran on hypocrisy and censorship.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 4.1

      Farrar deletes comments and bans trollers like all bloggers. ( including Red Alert)

      What Clare is referring to is censorship by the government. In this situation Farrar opposes censorship by the government except when he supports censorship by ‘this’ government.

      • Pete George 4.1.1

        As far as I see it’s rare for Farrar to delete comments, he’s more likely to just warn or demerit.

        I haven’t seen him ban ‘trollers’. What I see called trolling by Clare and here I have never seen banned. He (very occasionally) bans people who get abusive, towards him in particular.

        Nothing like the level of moderation of RA (or here). I’ve never see anyone stopped from disagreeing.

        • mik e

          what lies PG any one with a decent argument against the right doesn’t even get published on farrars site

          • Pete George

            Prove me wrong if you can, but in absence of proof I’ll assume that’s either a woefully uninformed accusation or blatant bullshit.

            I’ve made many arguments against rightish issues and commenters and have never been blocked from publishing – and few have been ‘published’ more then me there.

            Off and on there’s been regular leftish posters there with what appears to me to be a free reign – apart from rare stupidity abusing and threatening the host. And I’ve never seen or heard occasional visitors like lprent, Trevor Mallard, Greg Presland or travellerex being stopped from commenting. A Labour MP was allowed to post there last year.

            I’ve only heard one person here complaining of being banned from KB but that was due to shear stupidity.

            I certainly haven’t lied as you have accused.

  5. peterlepaysan 5

    Actually I had a post censored on RA. The post was polite and inoffensive but did
    point out some weaknesses that contributed to the 2008 loss.

    I did protest (mildly vehemently. I think I called them gutless bastards).

    Curran denied all knowledge about the deletion and reproved me for my intemperate outburst at being censored.

    My response was that my language was considerably better than that used by MPs in the house.
    This post elicited a reply from “spud” intimating to me that he knew what had happened but was not admitting.

    On the The Standard I once asked, very civilly, some questions of LPrent about climate change. They were not challenging, I was genuinely curious.

    The response was not friendly.

    Lprent has since labelled me a troll.

    It is probably about time some bloggers looked in the mirror, if they can find one big enough to accommodate their egos.

  6. Beatriz Griffin 6

    Dear David Farrar:
    Dear people of all the Country:

    Barack Hussein Obama is the bigger offense to The United States of America in all the history! and he is a burdensome and unbvearable reactionary black African, he is in escense Africa, he don’t know The United States believers!

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