Commenter of the week *Updated

Commenter of the week

Here at Whaleoil, we have a lot of talented people making comments on our posts all of the time.

So, every week, we shine a light on the person we think most deserves an accolade.

Please note this is not about just one comment. We are looking for more than that. We are looking for someone who regularly contributes constructively to our forum and to the messages we are trying to send.

This week, the Brexit agreement was made public, and it is a dog. Shane Jones managed to turn 800,000 pine seedlings into mulch in his pursuit of planting 1 billion trees. Karel Sroubek’s mother spoke to Woman’s Day TVNZ and told us all he was a good boy really, just a little misunderstood, and Jacinda had dinner with Mrs Pence… not the Vice-President of the United States, as was breathlessly reported by a fawning media. Maybe they were comparing notes on knitting patterns for bootees.

This week, our Commenter of the Week is…


Richard is a builder and lives in Gisborne. He has two kids – a daughter, and a son who has been wheelchair bound. He shared the story of his own house build with Whaleoil readers a while ago, much to everyone’s amusement and interest.

One thing that is of particular interest, and one of the reasons that we chose him as our commenter of the week, is because Richard belongs to a conservative group of people (proud boys) that is being targeted by some social media outlets. Richard has had to set up new social media accounts because his original ones have now become defunct. If you have been looking out for his comments anywhere and have not been able to find him recently, this could be the reason.

Obviously, here on Whaleoil, we are supporters of free speech, and also supporters of conservative views, but we do not support radicalism or extremism. However, we are finding ourselves under attack more and more these days, merely for having opinions that are no longer mainstream. Most of us find it impossible to understand how we have gone from holding relatively moderate and accepted views to being classed as ‘right-wing activists’ and Nazis in only a few short years.? Yet, here we are.

Richard on Marama Davidson:

Can’t argue with that, Richard.

Here is one that shows the kind of person that Richard is:

Good on you, Richard. That says a lot about you.

This is Richard on the delights of being self-employed.

Yes, Richard. Many of us know the feeling!

Richard on racism and child abuse:

Yes, we all feel like that sometimes. Factual data is not factual data if it is applied to brown people.

Richard on cyclists. I love this one.

I think we have all experienced a similar situation with cyclists, Richard. They own the road, don’t you know? And you, as a motorist, pay for it.

On the Kavanaugh case:

Very wise, Richard. I’m glad it ended the way it did. There were clearly political motives in all of this.

On sexism and equality:

Ha ha ha… so true. Alison Mau has gone from being a credible journalist to a screaming sexist skull. That one made me laugh.

This one didn’t.

I went to look for Proud Boys on Facebook, but their page is no longer there. Just another conservative forum that is being shut down. Nothing to see here…

Thank you Richard? ?for your contributions to the blog. I realise you are not Richard any more, and I do not know your new name. Maybe you could call yourself Richard the Second, although he was recognised as a tyrant and things did not end well for him. There is always Richard the Third, of course, but we all know what happened to him… couldn’t find his horse and ended up in a car park in Leicester. Maybe that is not a good idea either.

Anyway, here is a little something from our wonderful photoshopper, Technomage:

Keep the comments coming, Oilers. And Richard… or whoever you are now… keep the faith. We are with you.