How not to win a political campaign
Tact. It’s something that political candidates really ought to possess. And it’s a trait that something Green Party candidate for Hamilton West, Max Coyle, does not possess.
This morning, I posted on Facebook “Snow = global warming… Yup… </sarcasm>”. This was liked by a person with the last name Farrell that I am in no way related to. I got a response from Max Coyle that was nothing less than abusive.
Max Coyle: You really have no idea do you Daniel? Can see your brother likes this too. As it runs in the family please never breed. Epic win Farrell family, humanity loses every time you open you mouth.
Max Coyle: It’s time to fight the people that want to ruin our planet and our children and grandchildrens future for the sake of unsustainable economic growth. You are a blight on this planet
Me: Funny that I’m actually in no way related to Andrew Farrell… That’s a fail, Max.
Oh and Max, that’s exactly what I want to do isn’t it… To ruin the planet for unsustainable economic growth… I could show you exactly how this is not what I want, but that would involve explaining something to a person who is clearly ignorant, and for that matter, arrogant.
Max Coyle: <name removed for privacy> I think we both know Daniel is already ignorant of the world around him and there is no way he will change his mind about a something which a tremendous weight of scientific evidence is behind. Wasting time trying to educate this type of person does noone any favours, it’s like trying to explain atheism to fundamentalist christians.
Max Coyle: Which is why I’ve stopped engaging on any level with Daniel, he really is a supreme waste of space. Nice enough guy but his views are possibly due to a chemical imbalance of the brain, I just hope he’s able to seek professional treatment before he gets too old and stuck in his ways
<Name removed for privacy>: Max, any voter viewing potential candidates for any city electorate may be a little disheartened by ad hominem attacks, regardless of the reasons. <comment clipped to relevant portions>
Max Coyle: I could honestly care less, politics is full of ad hominem attacks. It’s not policy that puts forward bad ideas and bad policy, its people. People like Daniel, Don Brash, John Key etc etc. Populus planto excolo, sic operor censeo
Sure, Max is clearly not going to agree with me that Global Warming/Global Cooling/Climate Change (all three names have been used for the theory…) is a fallacy. I have no issue with that. I understand that. I actually respect that. But that does not mean he should be abusive. That is not how to win an election. I hope this thread is used by political campaigns as an idea of what not to do.
Posted on August 15, 2011, in New Zealand Politics and tagged climate change, Election 2011, global warming, greenhouse emissions, Hamilton West electorate, Max Coyle, The Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.