And after I’d finished that and resurrected, I went and had a look at it.
Yep, I was right. These buggers know nothing about what blogging is about.
Some moronic PR flack somewhere (is that a parliamentary crest I see there?2) has told the National MPs to revert (I hope3) back to childhood and tell everyone what they did on their vacation. You can just imagine the twerp explaining to some MPs who have failed to leave the 20th century (I’m being charitable4) explaining how to behave on the blogs. They must project a kindly caring and outright personable image to their adoring
These pillocks probably haven’t read any blogs in the past and have no idea about how to write for them. This is probably because they have only the techno savvy they picked up at school and need to get their kids to remind them to check if the network router is plugged into the power4. And it shows. It is really hard to see any f*cking1 personality or mental nudity1 from these wooden caricatures.
Like them or hate them (ie Trevor5), the Labour and Green MPs who blog actually have something to say. The bozos at the National MPs blog look like they were put in the ground and strung with wire by Pinetree Meads when he was young6.
Because I’m in a critical bitch mood this week I have to say the blog is unfortunately indicative of National. Dull, conservative and lacking in content. Yes, it just looks like they are copying you guys and gals.
Blog/media releases and Party information on the same page ..bad. Very hard to turn that into something better than advertorial for the Party which is boring.
Their posts are going to be nowhere near as good as the ones here because sadly the National Party lacks any MP’s who I could see would be good blog writers. And that’s what a blog is all about. Take Mallard for example, who is a grumpy sod but can write well.
Even DPF in the depths of Egypt had only this circumspect statement to make…
As I understand it, the blog is not focused on politics so much as MPs experiences.
In other words the bloody site is totally boring, lacking in opinion, and looks like “What I did on my holidays – by [insert name here]“, probably written by idiot PR flacks from the 9th floor.
Lets hope they get better.
Footnotes, and a tribute to Pratchett – may he keep writing books. Unfortunately I’m less humorous than he is…
1: The profanity on this post was brought to you by Paul Hutchinson, National MP and others.
Vote with profanity against the nanny state… But don’t do it here.
2: What in the hell is the bloody parliamentary crest doing on this National Party ‘blog’.
That is only put on things that parliamentary services pays for.
We pay for our blog, the Labour MPs pay for Red Alert, the Greens pay for their Frogblog, the national party already pays for kiwiblog, etc. It costs peanuts and some skills to run a blog. There is no excuse for wasting my tax dollars like this.
The Standard is high traffic and costs $90 per month on a virtual server paid by me and those kind people who donate. Surely there is some National MP capable of downloading wordpress, buying some server space and setting up a blog? If there isn’t then there has to be a kid that has been committed to the National bedlam that can4? Bill English keeps the Treasury saying that the government expenditure needs to be cut. Why not start by getting rid of the really boring bits first? The new national MP blog would be a good start.
3: For all of my natural bile towards National MPs, I hope that this isn’t all they have.
The thought of new National MP blogs current performance displaying the depth and talent of the National caucus is appalling. Isn’t it bad enough that they have already given us the cabinet including Nick (serial liar) Smith, Bill (double dipton) English, Gerry (what pies) Brownlee, Chopper, Ladder, and clueless. Please don’t tell me that these are the cream of the bunch? Hey Rex, whats the job market like in Perth?
4: For most of my adult life I’ve been trying to explain the 20th century computer tech to people like national MPs.
It usually starts with “It doesn’t work”, to which my inevitable response is to force them to check if the power is on. That usually takes 5 minutes, and 50% of the time results in an embarrassed silence before they admit that it magically just started working again. These are the type of people who used to extract their floppies from the cover, fold, staple, and post them to me after I asked them to send me their backups.
Of course I’m charitable… Just imagine what IrishBill would have said.
5: What can one say. Trevor is a really nice guy who is a natural blogger – some kind of old duck who was born at the wrong time.
6: Most of you probably won’t get this about Colin Meads.
But I was referring to that old bugger who is always on TV ads advertising almost everything.
He was a farmer who also played rugby. Most of the National MP’s have seem to have had their brains fossilized about the time he was sticking in a lot of fence posts. Their posts look like they come from the same era – when they were little kiddies in school and writing those tedious essays about what they did on the holidays. At least the fenceposts have their excuse about the weather.
7: Well I can’t be more kind to young Katie – it is bad for the rep of us grumpy old buggers.
Yesterday I banned someone for pointless abuse to her. Today I had to go to her site to check out commentary on this topic and so I added her to the blogroll. She seemed to have been actually complimentary about our wee site as well as borrowing some of our graphics (do we care?).
Enough niceness. She named herself – and cactii are water retentive…