I'm loving the din created by various lefties as they've heaved their toys over the sides of their cots recently.
Firstly, not long ago, one Ratbiter decided to remove himself from Kiwiblog because DPF was too pro National, and he didn't like the way lefties like him got a hard time from other commentators. Here's a few quotes:
"I mentioned once to someone who then worked for a Government Department that I read Kiwiblog, and she responded thusly: “Oh, David Farrar – I know him; He came into our office a few times. he was just like I imagined – he was short, fat and NASTY…”
Not getting personal of course
"Since National’s election victory Farrar’s blogging has become ever more obsessed with showing the Government in a good light while condemning the opposition in the most jeering fashion possible. And noticeably avoiding talking points that don’t facilitate this end. This has become a cheerleading/propaganda site, similar to The Standard. And suppressing any discussion that does not conform. (And make no mistake, the discussion here is every bit as controlled – albeit by a pack of loyal hounds rather than directly from the moderator’s keyboard.)"
I felt sorry for the poor wee dear, well at least as sorry as it's possible to feel for someone who went out of their way to be a smart arse and whose nickname was a piss take of Redbaiter's.
Then our resident former would be terrorist, toad, got all snarly at Whale Oil and posted this gem of inclusiveness and difference celebrating on WOBH:
"Shit, I get a whole thread of my own. I'm so honoured.
You misogynous, born to rule Tory prick. Just add a racist post and you've got the trifecta!"
Mmmm profound indeed, one can almost taste the fury
But pride of place goes to My Favourite Marxist, one Chris Trotter, for his evisceration of Fill In on Bowalley Road. I'm sure most of us have read it but I particularly liked this bit:
"If it is your view, Phil, that the quest for democratic socialism should be dismissed as something belonging to "nineteenth century history", then I say: "The hell with you!""
Ouch. But why all this anger?
I think that reality has finally hit home and they've realised that it wasn't Crosby Textor that cost them last year's election, or that voters simply wanted a change, but it is the realisation that their plans for a Socialist New Zealand are simply at odds with those of ordinary Kiwis.
In essence - people don't like them and do not want to be governed by them, and this hurts.
Still with Chris's piece, I was intrigued, nay fascinated, to read that ""the socialisation of the means of production, distribution and exchange" was, once upon a time, labour's founding objective.
Could someone please help me with this. Chris, perhaps you could join in yourself and explain what difference there is between the "socialising of " and the "ownership by the state of" the means of production, distribution, and exchange? Please satisfy my curiousity.
I also wonder if all those who ever voted labour on account of "them being for the working man" ever had any inkling of their main goal?