Happy New Year to government trolls and shills who appear to be about in force. This has to be a positive sign. We have them worried. We know that MHKs are very sensitive about what is said online. A curious thing really because they sometimes appear to do as they please. My guess is that the sensitivity to personal comments is based on concern about re-election chances.

However, the troll/shill issue presumably has another reason. In the face of increasing online dissent from the masses they feel a need to gain control of the situation somehow. The usual method is to take part in online discussion, preferably under multiple identities, attempt to display some sort of inside knowledge and then throw in dismissive comments and red herrings at an appropriate time. It is sometimes effective. I have seen discussions come to an abrupt halt following a few dismissive comments. Yet pursuing the matter and asking further questions has effectively put an end to this at times. Obviously, the idea behind this is to convince the masses that there are many pro-government people around and that pursuing issues is pointless  – as well as leading us up the garden path.

Well. dear shills, some of us can spot you a mile off and therefore block or ignore you. Personally, I find that ignoring you is most effective.

Happy New Year to all switched on online debaters. Keep up the pressure.


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