Sorry the posting has been a bit sporadic lately. I’ve been a bit busy, a bit lazy and a bit overwhelmed with life in general, so the posting hasn’t been up to my normal frequency (or quality).
This weekend, however, I have moved back into my Dad’s place for a few days in order to look after Latte, our cat, while my Dad goes away for business. And, seeing as as of this morning I only had $6 to my name, this means that half went on my bus from town to Island Bay (where my Dad lives), and the other half will go on my bus back into town on Monday. So, while I’m stuck here in the Bay, expect at least a couple more posts.
Politics wise, there’s so much going on in both New Zealand and Israel at the moment, it’s almost impossible to pick any one specific thing to talk about. My life, however, has it’s way of forcing itself so deep into one issue that I manage to ignore (for a short time, at least) all other matters. For the last month or so, that issue has been the genuine delight of combatting the lovely neo-Nazis in Aotearoa.
Speaking of which, this is a timely moment to welcome those neo-Nazis who are currently reading this blog – I know you frequently come here, although I can’t work out why, seeing as you never post comments. Special hellos go to my old “mates”, Jason Molloy, Nic Miller (how was court on Monday, buddy?) and Ben Weerheym (managed to find out any more details for Redwatch, Benny Boy?).
Now, recently, if you’ve been following the news (for instance, by reading the Sunday Star Times, Dominion Post, NZ Herald, The Press or the Waikato Times), you would have heard that the lovely Kyle Chapman has resigned as the National Director of the National Front. What a tragedy! Now, Kyle claimed that his reason for quitting was because parents were refusing to let their children play with his son at kindergarten. If this is true, I think it’s a sad state of affairs indeed. However, not everyone seems to believe him…I wonder why?
Mr Chapman says the resignation was forced after his son was shunned by other children’s parents at kindergarten. He claimed his family was being persecuted for its beliefs.
Is this some kind of publicity stunt? Or just a ploy to attract the sympathy vote? Whatever, it just doesn’t ring true.
That little gem comes from the Waikato Times editorial page, and I must say, I wholeheartedly agree.
Kyle, however, is sticking to his story, and going further! He has laid the blame squarely at the feet of one Matthew “Darp” Henderson, a Sydney based anti-racism campaigner who is one of the founders of Fight Dem Back, a combined Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand anti-racism resource site. In the spirit of full disclosure, I feel I must state that I am also one of the founders of this website, and am also the North Island representative for it. Kyle stated the following on internet neo-Nazi forum Stormfront, in a topic about his resignation.
As I will not stoop to the level of freaks like DARP. Who has no morals or values. I will not make a persons family suffer for their actions.
Kyle, in addition to a number of other New Zealand and Australian neo-Nazis, seems to think that Darp somehow found out what kindergarten his son attends, found out the details of the other parents at that kindergarten and then contacted them, telling them not to let their kids play with Kyle’s kid. This is plainly ridiculous.
As for the real reasons behind Kyle’s resignation, I would offer two suggestions.
The first is the fact that he failed. Miserably. After briefly calling for civil war in New Zealand”, Kyle found that the NF had been promised $10,000 worth of election funding from the Electoral Commission on the condition that they register as a political party. And so Kyle went and apologised to the older Nazis in the NF for his previously publicly militant stance, and promised them that he would ensure they reached 500 members. Several self-aggrandising (and likely completely made-up) stories soon appeared from Kyle, claiming he’d signed up entire factories to the National Front (in the word of the Tui ads, yeah right), and that they would make it to 500 with plenty of time to spare. Then, suddenly, it all got a bit quiet. While publicly they weren’t saying anything, it turned out that they’d run out of time and finally realised that not only did they not make 500 members, but they didn’t even get halfway! In fact, the National Front had considerably less than 200 members when push came to shove! Kyle put all his eggs in one basket, and they all came crashing down. Oh, the shame!
The second reason that Kyle quit is that he knew that things were never going to change. Not only did they not make the 500 members this election, but they never would in the future. Consistant media stories about scandals in the National Front have come out – their pathetic showing on October 23rd in Wellington; the National Front Skinheads group and the Nazi salute photos; the hilarious Ground Training Club and its lemons and gravel army routines; Troy Cullinane, their Hamilton rep, getting charged with defacing a Maori carving; Nic Miller (former Wellington rep) arrested and charged with assaulting 3 Somali youths and the Explicit NF links to Blood & Honour NZ (openly Nazi skinhead group) and a “white power only” concert in Wellington all made the news to varying degrees, and that is just a sample. Kyle realised that the vast majority of New Zealanders opposed his group and what they stand for. In the meantime, Kyle was struggling to pay child support to all the mothers of his children, and he couldn’t get a job. He tried to become a bouncer only to have public complaints see him never get passed a trial period, and he couldn’t exactly go back to his old career, social work, with what he did last time still in public memory (in the 1990’s, Kyle worked for a Christchurch City Council funded group called the New Way Trust, which served to rehabilitate skinheads from their racist views and enable integration into wider society. That is, until it turned out Kyle was putting out a Nazi skinhead magazine at the time, and giving it to all his clients!)
Poor Kyle. I might feel sorry for him, if he didn’t believe that I don’t deserve to live…