The real name of the anonymous blogger known as Idiot/Savant is a secret in the New Zealand blogosphere. I do not know the reasons why he chooses to hide behind a pseudonym, although there are many valid reasons why he might choose to. Simple privacy is reason enough.
However, Idiot/Savant’s real name and New Zealand residential address is known to Pacific Empire, and although I will not reveal it here, I would like to show you an aerial photograph of his house.
Now this may seem like a breach of I/S’s privacy – and it would be, if I had actually revealed his name and address – but this information is no more than Idiot/Savant thinks is fair for others who choose to express their political opinions online.
The requirements for [complying with the Electoral Finance Act] were not onerous – adding a statement setting out his name and address – and would have historically been required if he had published his advertisement in any other medium. But apparently, that was too much for him, so instead he has chosen to play the martyr and silence himself instead.
This is not something anyone should have any sympathy for.
No, Idiot/Savant. It is your hypocritical position on free speech that no one should have any sympathy for.
Hypocrisy? Oh yes. When websites and website authors are threatened by governments overseas, such as in Malaysia, Idiot/Savant leaps to defend them:
At the same time, they’ve claimed that they are not trying to “strangle internet freedom”. Of course not. They’re simply trying to silence everyone who disagrees with them, which is of course completely different.
How insightful. Yet I/S thinks that the Electoral Finance Act shutting down a website because someone wishes to hold a political opinion anonymously is somehow NOT an attack on free speech.
As the Tui ads go, Yeah Right.
Hat tip: DPF
In the interests of fairness, here is an aerial picture of my own house.