It seemed like a good time to stop and review why I’m doing this. And it turns out that the reasons haven’t changed from when I started. Politics matters, the Left wing vision is better for people and better for the planet. So I want to argue for the Left.
Looking back at what I’ve written, I’m a lot blunter on the blog than I am in real life. Nature of the medium I guess. While I wouldn’t say that I was proud of every post, there’s nothing that I’m ashamed of, and I stand by all of it.
Other events last week have also had me thinking. In particular, the treatment of confidential data by the Nats. Passing it on to an unstable blogger who threatened to publish a list of Labour donors is something that I found deeply offensive. (I should note here for the record that wiser elements in National found it deeply offensive too, so props to them, I hope they win the battle for the heart of their party.) This whole business of trying to “out” people is nothing but an attempt to silence opposition by creating a climate of fear. Bugger that.
G’day. My name is Anthony R0bins and I’m an academic at the University of Otago. Yeah I know – how boring and predictable is that! I’ll be posting under my own name from now on. My opinions are my own, and are not endorsed by the University, the Labour party (of which I am a member), or anyone else. If you want to contact me on blog related matters my email address will be (r0b at thestandard dot org dot nz – it’s not set up yet but it will be). Email to my work address is not welcome and will be eaten by filters before I even see it.
I’m not sure how much longer I’ll be doing this. It’s fun, but it is also tiring (I write at night). I’ll take this opportunity to call, as usual, for other writers to join us here. Send us some Guest Posts, see how it goes. There’s a fight to be fought. Don’t leave it to someone else to fight it for you, find some way to get involved. Cheers.