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Thursday, March 31, 2005

We have our first passive-aggressive hater!

Bwana Bomba was flicking through the next blog button when he came across a 'horrendously far-right' political blog (thats us, Sir Humphrey's).

Bwana Bomba speaks:
I don't know whether it's ironic or intentional that a site that is using Sir Humphrey from Yes, Minister as its mascot, is so completely oblivious to the dirty dealing and propaganda on its own political side.
The dirty dealing and propaganda! Oh those dirty horrendous right-wingers! Forever promoting freedom from Government interference and oppression! Bigots, the lot of them!

Just to clarify, Sir Humphrey Appleby is the sort of guy we love to hate - he's manipulative, over-educated with all the wrong degrees, and stands for the status quo and big Government. He's also a slimey little bastard with a perpetual smug expression and an annoying upper class English name. I hope that clears up any misunderstandings on Bwana Bomba's part.

I wonder how popular Bwana's blog is. His statcounter says 56 visits (including my brief visitation), and I can't see any comments apart from my rather pleasant dropping. But his posts go back to August 2004! Sir Humphrey on the other hand has become wildly popular (ok, fantasizing a little), with around 500 visits and 1000 page views. And thats only in our first week.

I think the people are voting with their feet on this one.

Oh, and Bwana Bomba appeared using the name phil (are all twits called phil?) in the comments of Sir Humphreys only a couple of days ago, doing what all faithful lefties do: denying the necessity of the Cold War and morally equating the West to Communist bloc countries. I guess if you can't win the real war, second best is to indoctrinate young gullible suckers that it wasn't really a 'win' at all, and Bwana sounds like a young gullible sucker. In fairness he did back down slightly in his last comment, after I pointed out defending the actions of countries which treated their citizens like dogs was probably not a good idea.

This is the horrendously far-right, signing off.

UPDATE 4am April Fools Day: Bwana's not that much of a hater. See the comments.

UPDATE: 1:20pm April Fools Day: OK, so Sir Humphrey preferred power above ideology.

Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 3/31/2005 11:32:00 PM

8 Comments:

Blogger PhilH said...

I'm honoured.

4/01/2005 01:54:00 AM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

You're welcome. We share in our own special way.

4/01/2005 02:41:00 AM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

FYI, 'phil' was a reference to NZ's own idiot troll who regularly comments on the most popular kiwi blog:
http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz

phil, or phul as we say, prefers attacking the character of her political opponents, rather than debating the issues.

4/01/2005 02:46:00 AM  
Blogger PhilH said...

Ah, thanks.

That post of mine was a bit over the top - sorry about that. Especially the "horrendously far right" bit. You're obviously right wing, but not quite deserving of the "horrendously" or "far" bits. "Pretty" or "rather" would have been more accurate adjectives to use.

I tend to have a bit of a knee-jerk reaction to people who like to label everyone who doesn't agree with them as a "leftie".

There is a whole range of loony lefties, so I find the use of such labels intensely annoying, which is why I tarred myself with the same brush by making the "right wing" comment, thus rendering my point utterly null and void. I must think before typing more often.

Yes, I am to left of centre, and proud of it, but I find loads of numpties on this side as annoying as you do.

We don't all believe the ideal utopia of communism, where everybody frolics with the bunnies, and where absolutely everybody has to care for their fellow human beings for it to work, is actually achievable. And very few of us indeed hold the mistaken belief that the Soviets were in any way, shape or form, communist.

Indeed, they were utter bastards, but that gives no one the excuse to get self-righteous about "our own free democratic nations". There are some things that cannot be justified even in war, and I believe "our own" countries were guilty of some pretty nasty things.

Sir Humphrey Appleby, by the way, is in no way socialist. Everything he did, as you said, was to maintain the status quo that made him and his colleagues so comfortable - socialism is more of a sort of "no one gets left behind" idea.

Ah yes, the site counter - I only put it on last week, by the way - my old one disappeared some time ago. Still not getting as many as you, but let's face it, my blog is very personal and is of very little wider interest to anyone. It only started as a travellog.

All the best!

4/01/2005 03:44:00 AM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

The 'socialist' Sir Humphrey Appleby was me going off old memories. I'm sure Adolf will enlighten me with his own interpretation of Appleby's leanings. I will try and watch the DVD's of the series.

I don't label everyone who disagrees with me as a leftie, but I do consider everyone who thinks the Governments legitimate role is to regulate perceived power and wealth relationships between people as lefties. My labelling of you as such was based more on your labelling of us as 'far right-wing' than anything else.

I wonder why Kiwi lefties arent as gracious as Phil. Instead they appear arrogant, uninformed, vindictive, and obsessed with disproven economic theories.

Oh well. Have fun at uni. We don't really have a 'gap' year here.

4/01/2005 04:04:00 AM  
Blogger PhilH said...

Cheers.

It'll be a bit harder work than last time around though. One year of intensive teacher training versus four years of working out exactly how hard I had to work to get the grades I wanted.

Looking around the rest of the blog, I see that it was the first few posts I happened to see that I thought were a bit extreme - you're much more reasoned than my first impressions, even though I don't agree with most of it.

If things get a bit confrontational, I prefer to actually look for a bit of common ground and work from there. Otherwise things tend to just get personal. A lot of people on the Internet though are there to express their own entrenched views rather than look for a different viewpoint (I was a bit guilty of that earlier, as you saw).

You might see me popping in from time to time. At least it's interesting, even if I don't agree.

4/01/2005 06:21:00 AM  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

AL, I thought Sir Humphrey Appleby was neither a leftie or a righty. He was the epitome of the apolitical beauracrat. It didn't matter who was in power, Sir Humph ran the country.

4/01/2005 09:52:00 AM  
Blogger lemuel said...

I think Sir Humphrey can be succinctly described as a statist.

4/02/2005 07:15:00 AM  

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