A reader writes in:
I don’t know if you bother reading some of the other blog comments but there is strange goings on at FrogBlog I go there to post occasionally.
About a week or go, Gareth made another post on domestic solar energy. https://blog.greens.org.nz/2016/07/13/kiwis-and-solar-energy-record-numbers/ A fact check showed that he had left a word out of a quote that changed its meaning. One their staffers recognised this in the comments and corrected the quote but without putting in an update postscript on the main post. Gareth never acknowledged his mistake but that is par for the course.
Then several days later Ms Davidson put in a post https://blog.greens.org.nz/2016/07/19/racist-place-names-have-to-go-an-open-letter-to-the-minister/ The first responder with a name like Kiwi@NZ rubbished her post with statements like it was bit of NZ history – this is NZ not Aotearoa blah blah blah. More stupid than aggressive or abusive. I didn’t note any personal attack in his rant but then maybe I’m a bit thicker skinned. After a day, the comment was deleted. Other regular commenters noted this and started piling it on – nothing really bad, just pointing out the censorship. All those posts were then deleted.
Then this post came out https://blog.greens.org.nz/2016/07/21/a-change-to-our-blog-switching-off-comments/ saying they weren’t going to have comments any more because people didn’t play fair.
Looks like a free and fair society is being redefined.
So the Labour Party blog has closed down and the Green blog no longer allows dissent. Sad.