New Zealand’s increasingly dangerous level of political vitriol

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  1. Higherstandard says:

    But isn’t ‘The Standard’ a parody site ?

  2. Ovid says:

    I find myself commenting less and less at The Standard as the comment section has noticeably got more toxic over the past year or so. I’m not sure if it’s me that’s changed or if the fringe of the left has grown as people get more frustrated.

    I think the fact the dirty politics scandal gained no traction was a catalyst for the discontent. That said, I can’t recall any calls for violence there.

  3. Ian McIntosh says:

    I hate ‘m, but what my problem REALLY is is the lack of alternatives offered to Austerity.
    It’d be nice if an alternative leaderstood up and said the answer lay somewhere else than increasing the private profit interests in health, education, prisons… cause it looks to me like it’s way more out of our hands than big government would be, but I haven’t heard it, so we are left to just go “boo hiss” at the apologist for all that.

  4. Smith says:

    Nail head hit. It’s the kind of behaviour that could inspire someone with a mental illness to do something really stupid.

    These are acts of desperation but they paint the Left in radicalist light, light that does not appeal to the majority of voters Labour needs to woo. It’s an attack against National, so black/white, Labour can only sling mud, not ideas… or they want to go into government with these clowns.

    I think the disaffected Left need to realise that, no matter where they sit on the KDS-spectrum, they’re still a minority and for better or worse, they’re up against the country’s most popular PM. That’s why ‘hard’ attacks aren’t going to land any hits with the socially-minded swing voter. “Fuck John Key” sounds like something their snotty teenager would say.

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