And now for the list of the ten most commented on posts for 2015. These are the posts where the debate was most intense. Interestingly only one of these posts was also in the list of the ten most popular posts. Anyway here they are.
Tenth was Mandy Hager’s post highlighting the degree of apparent misogyny following the Amanda Bailey pony tail pulling incident and how influential people chose to attack the victim rather than address the issue. After 407 comments the issue had been given the analysis it deserved.
Ninth was Te Reo Uptake’s carefully reasoned post on New Zealand involvement in the Middle East war. His view reflected the view of Jeremy Corbyn’s opponents in the UK Labour Party that as a historically internationalist party and to support the people of Iraq, Syria and the Kurdish homeland New Zealand had to be militarily involved in the Middle East. Many disagreed with him but it was important that the issue was canvassed.
Eighth was Colonial Viper’s announcement that the Andersons Bay Peninsula branch of Dunedin South had been put into recess because of their concern with Labour’s current direction. In the 425 comments some supported him. Others said that for the sake of the movement it was vital that activists remain involved in the working of the party.
Seventh was Mandy Hager’s open letter to Andrew Little urging him to get angry and to adopt a progressive and proud left platform so that Labour was clearly differentiated from National. The 432 comments overwhelming endorsed her view.
Sixth was Anthony Robins’ post on Auckland property buyers and the controversy surrounding Labour’s and Phil Twyford’s analysis suggesting that ethnic Chinese were responsible for the affordability problem. Some thought the issue needed investigation, others were concerned that the presentation of the issue had racist overtones.
Fifth was BLiP’s post suggesting that Labour had betrayed the left by blocking Green participation in the Intelligence and Security Committee. The subsequent discussion in the 440 comments covered issues such as the relationship between the parties of the left and the threat posed to us all by the security intelligence infrastructure of the country.
Fourth was a simple notices and features post featuring the graphic by illustrator Toby Morris addressing inequality. The graphic clearly struck a chord as shown by the 452 comments.
Third was Anthony Robins post concerning the May Roy Morgan poll result which had National on almost 55% and Labour on 25.5%. Subsequent poll results suggested that this was an outlier although at the time there was huge disappointment because the poll followed the ponytailgate incident.
Second with 500 comments was Bill’s post about the Swedish police deciding to interview Julian Assange. Clearly from the comments some thing that he is a hero being maligned by the forces that be while others thought that he was more than slightly creepy.
And the winner of the most commented blog in 2015 is …
Karol’s post on the Charlie Hebdo massacre. The post was released in the aftermath of the event and 596 comments later many different aspects of the issue had been explored.