Wednesday, January 16, 2008

The sewer goes over the edge

For those who have forgotten, RedWatchNZ was a neo-Nazi hate site which aimed to "build a catalogue of information and pictures of the Left", including names, addresses, phone numbers, photographs, and pictures of their houses. They closed down early in 2007, something no-one was very sad about. Now, it seems Whale Oil has decided to move into their vacant niche, beginning a series exposing personal details of left-wing figures, starting with John Minto.

I've been worried for a while about the radicalisation of the right in New Zealand. The "mainstream" National Party seemed to have a conscious tactic last year of whipping up hate and pandering to the worst elements of the sewer. Well, this is where it gets them: hatelists and hitlists and people behaving like low-grade National Front thugs. And to those objecting to the comparison, I have only one thing to say: if you don't want to be compared to Nazis, don't behave like them.